On The Edge of Insanity - Review
After a short break and slight change in the band's makeup, their back with a new vocalist and this new EP.
As a die-hard fan of great gothic rock, I was very pleased to hear about this new release and that this band was still around at least for a while longer. This new EP comes with five excellent tracks, three of which are versions of the title track with two bonus pieces. Also included is a video of the title track which is a very nice bonus.
The "Single Version" of the title track kicks off this EP with club-friendly, gothic rock beats and layers of grinding and melodic guitars over soft, subtle symphonic synths. The new vocalist has a clear voice and good anunciation which helps portray the moods and bring out the lyrics of each track. Towards the end we also have the "Album Version" which includes a long, slowly building intro and other subtle differences which stretch out the track another 90 seconds beyond the "Single Version". The two bonus tracks include "Death Shall Have No Dominion" and "Shadow Dance". The slow, brooding percussion moves along with heavy bass and dark, intense guitars providing a back-drop for deep, spoken word vocals on "Death Shall Have No Dominion". "Shadow Dance" also starts off fairly somber, though the pace is fairly quick right from the start. This slowly builds with soaring guitars and angst-filled vocals until just over 90 seconds into the track we finally have an intense gothic anthem.
All of these elements on these few tracks on this EP help to create a great new classic set of pieces that will be enjoyed for a long time to come. Be sure to check them out, along with the video.
Dawn of the Dead - Review
This is the gothic rock band composed of german and french members that got their start back in 2001.
This band has released two full-length albums and this is an excellent EP featuring a club version of their hit "Dawn of the Dead" along with several other extra solid tracks. These fall perfectly within their gothic rock sound patterned after that of the 90's with dark moods, powerful guitars and percussion with deep vocals leading the way. This EP features 9 solid tracks including four mixes of the title track, which should hold us over until the release of their upcoming third full-length work.
For many, this is a way to revisit some of the great tracks from their past discography. For others that are just getting their first taste of this band, it's a great introduction. It obviously kicks off with the new single mix of "Dawn of the Dead" which has been edited down to just over four minutes targeted at the goth club audience. This is an excellent track, featuring all the elements of dark gothic rock that we've grown to love as described above. This is followed by a favorite of mine, a new version of "Hereos in the Dark". This latest version features a little more reverb and echo on the vocals, but remains true to the original solid sound and style. The angst-ridden emotionally driven vocals come out strong on "Brotherhood of Sleep" for another stellar gothic rock piece.
At this point we hit the first alternate remix of the title track "Dawn of the Dead" with the "Aftermath" remix which is quite somber with layered, ambient-like electronics and distant vocals, giving it a haunting feeling. Updated versions of "Watching Demons" and "Zeit und Traum" appear on this disc as well. The piece "Watching Demons" is an excellent example of how some somber electronics can be perfectly mixed with subtle guitars on this somewhat laid-back mid-tempo piece that is lacking nothing in emotional strength. "Zeit und Traum" is another powerful piece that comes out in force and accented by the german vocals. "Pitch Black" appears as a sort of instrumental interlude to the album preceding the final two remixes of the title piece. "Dead Bodies Dancing Mix" is heavy on the electronics and a solid dance beat with vocoded robotic vocals for a nice mix away from the gothic rock into the electro-pop realm. This leaves us with the final original version of the title track which appeared on their album Icon In Eyes
. With this we get the uncut version which one fans over when it was originally released. Once again, it's a solid gothic rock piece with all the great elements we've grown to love coming out of the 90's including a little bit of electronics for some great depth to the music.
Overall this is a great disc with these nine pieces. The remixes are well done and there's enough variety that it's perfect for listening to from start to finish each time, as well as providing those solid club tracks for DJ's to spin.
Label: Sonorium Records