Hailing from Belarus this band got their start nearly a decade ago in 2006. The band is composed of the trio of Arsenio, Grover and Lars. Together these musicians
create a nice style of synthesizer-driven rock music. They've released two full-length albums featured below.
Dark Season - Review
After re-releasing their debut album in late 2013, they followed it up with the release of their stellar sophomore work on SkyQode.
This new album shows the band really shining with continued improvements and maturity with their sound and talents. Spanning eleven solid tracks, the band builds on their
foundation of layered synths mixed with grinding guitars for a heavier synth-rock or electro-goth style.
Right from the beginning the captivating music takes hold of the listener, even on the short intro piece "The Grand Introduction" which fades and blends immediately with
the opening piece "The Reason". This piece shows the maturity of the band's sound and style, even the vocals sound a bit clearer with less of the heavy accent. This track
also has an accompanying video that the reader should check out, available on Youtube. The album is laced with gems like this piece with the lush synthesizer textures
layered over the heavy guitar, pulsating bass and moving, dance-friendly beat. From first listen, the music really jumped out and caught my attention, they really master
that great mix of electronics, guitars and percussion for a full, dynamic sound that accents and builds on the emotionally charged lyrics and vocals. At their best moments
they stand on even footing with the likes of Clan of Xymox
and their mix of guitars and electronics.
As with all albums, there are definite favorites that stand out, as listeners of our radio shows will recognize we've picked out a few choice selections from this album. The
aforementioned "The Reason" is definitely one of those with it's heavy and dynamic sound. "A Little Place for Hope" also builds on this same foundation and quickly
became a solid favorite. The heavy electronics and use of piano on "Starbright" for a simpler, minimalistic sound through each verse and then building to a dynamic
chorus makes this a gem as well. We're treated with several excellent pieces as we move on through the album, "Happy People" stands out as a nice upbeat track and later
"Black Wind" is a mesmerizing piece with electronics over grinding guitars laced with haunting piano for a great, emotionally charged sound. "No Way Back Home" is a great
piece to bring the album to a close with it's somewhat moody lyrics blending with the accented heavy, grinding guitars with the moving rhythms and pulsing electronics.
Overall a great album, blending instruments and styles well to create a dynamic and full sound that fans should really enjoy.
Gone Away With The Memories - Review
This is the band's debut album, originally released in 2011 and finally launched this band into the spotlight. Now it has been re-released in late 2013 as a special edition
with some extra remixes by excellent prominent electronic artists.
The album comes packed with eleven solid original tracks as well as the three bonus remixes. The music is a great mix of heavy rock with gothic influences with a solid
foundation of synths for a heavier synthpop sound.
After a short "Prologue", the dance-friendly music kicks in with a heavy, grinding edge to it. The album varies enough to remain interesting and capture the listeners
attention as it moves along through up-beat synthpop and darker mid-tempo, heavy rock-influenced pieces. As I listened to the album I was immediately captivated by the
nice mix of goth and synthpop elements. With many tracks being very club-friendly, that's also a great bonus for fans of dance-friendly synthpop music. The vocals and
lyrics were what first struck me as hard to get used to, but as a fan of various types of gothic and industrial music, the vocal styles range so widely, it's actually a
good thing to have some diversity and it's no rare thing as the majority of the great music in these genres come from non-English speaking European countries.
A few favorites quickly stood out as I listened to the album. Apparently I'm right in line with the band's feelings as those I chose also are some of the pieces that appear on this
special edition as bonus remixes. "Kill Yourself with Pain" is the first to stand out, mixing emotional lyrics and vocals with mesmerizing electronics layered over grinding guitars
and a moving beat. The title track stands out with a strong compositional structure of a heavy beat and bassline building up the synth loops that build in layer upon layer.
The haunting synths continue a bit later on "Forever More" and the final original track "Remember Me". While everything in between is stellar, these are special pieces that
seem to stand out with just that extra edge or body to them. Along with these I think it's worth mentioning the excellent remixes of "Kill Yourself With Pain", remixed
by the stellar synthpop project Mental Discipline
, adding a bit more of bounce to the rhythm for a fun, upbeat take on this otherwise moody, yet moving piece. The
remix of "Halo of the Gone" does much the same to this piece, adding a little extra techno or trance feel to the track, making it more a solid electro-pop
piece, filtering out a bit of that darker edge from the original. The remix of "Songs of Innocence" by Acretongue
also stands out on the album. The original piece
is almost a downtempo selection, definitely very subdued and melancholy while this remix remains true to the overall mood, the added electronic soundscapes bring out
a definite additional bonus element to the track.
This is a great debut overall and the added remixes are a definite bonus. Fans of heavy and moody synthpop will love this band, especially along the lines of Dioram
and Final Selection