on 21 May 2007
This is an essential reissue of PD's second album, plus a raft of bonus tracks thrown in. [The original reissue of FTPL ('Resurrection' on Clay Records), inexplicably omitted the final album track 'Weeping Blood'. Thankfully, it is restored here, with all songs in a much more logical running order.]
This represents (along with the bonus tracks) PD's most eclectic collection, ranging from rock ('Break', 'Solace', 'Isabel'), through funk ('Holy Holy', 'No Motive'), to synth ('Conspiracy'). There really isn't a duff track in this collection (although perhaps two versions of 'Holy Holy' is stretching it a little..). John Fryer's production gives the songs a much more interesting and experimental feel than the subsequent Conny Plank-produced 'Company of Justice' LP (which in itself is a fine record too).
The bonus tracks alone would be worth buying, even if it were not for the inclusion of the original FTPL LP. Standout songs include 'Break', 'Bloodstains', 'Pale Fire' and 'Sacrosanct' - with that massive guitar sound. For my money, it crushes the CoJ version like a grape...
Overall, this is a highly recommended introduction for anyone thinking about checking out this long extinct (but thankfully not forgotten) band.
on 31 December 2007
I first heard this band years after they'd split up when a friend gave me a cassette with the song "Isabel" on it. It was Play Dead at their best - punk guitars with a metal edge to them, bass mixed high with buckets of chorus, driving drums and vocals that are so melodic that you'd never expect them from a goth band. Now, fifteen years later I've just ordered this reissue and dragged out my vinyl to see if the songs are as good as I remember. The Break EP still sounds way ahead of its time, with a mix of metal and goth that would be called industrial metal these days, while the Promised Land material itself still impresses in its quantity and quality. Basically, if you're a fan of the Sisters Of Mercy or Killing Joke, and are wondering what other bands from the same era are worth checking out, then put this album at the top of your list.
on 17 November 2007
I was browsing around looking for bargains, when I saw this CD, which I hadn't heard for at least 12 years, and the memories came flooding back. Even if it hadn't had the 9 bonus tracks I would have bought it. This is a dark and powerful album. Singer Rob Hickson's voice can take some getting used to, but persevere, and you will be rewarded with an evocative and richly textured set of songs that tear out of your speakers. For me the level of production is a lot better than many of their eighties "goth" counterparts, especially the drum and guitar sounds, and there is a depth and maturity to the music that never really gained the recognition it deserved. Outstanding, one of my favourites of all time. Also, check out their previous and subsequent releases especially A Company of Justice.