Introduction - Review
Rising out of the ashes of other project including New Model Army and Voyager UK and LOUD, this trio comes together to form this soulful gothic-oriented band. We're presented here with their debut mini-album, appropriately titled Introduction which features a half-dozen tracks which seems to be a good cross-section of their musical style and abilities.
The heavier side of the band is brought out on the piece "Blood Red Sunrise" which kicks off the disc and portrays the enigmatic sounds of this band with soulful and sometimes harmonized vocals while the music stays anchored with solid drums and a really cool bass groove. While the tempo remains somewhat on the slower side, the heavy grooving of the bass and guitars keep this track moving and interesting. "Heavy Rain" portrays much of this same bassline groove but the overall piece doesn't seem quite as oppressive, allowing Ivan's vocals to come out and set the mood for this piece that picks up and really becomes a driving track behind the album.
Apart from the two previously mentioned tracks, the rest of the album becomes a work and experiment in folk and down-tempo, acoustic music featuring harmonized soul-filled vocals. Each of these tracks are unique in themselves, but come together to form a nice work and solid effort. From the lighter "Snowblind" which almost seems like it would appear alongside John Denver more than Nosferatu, to the moodier finale piece "Real", that soulful spark glows strong throughout. Each of these pieces is captivating in their own way, including the beautifully rendered "The Rift" which features some beautiful piano and soft textures as a backdrop to some spoken word, and picking up with acoustic guitar riffs and those same somber vocals.
So there you have it. This is a nice "Introduction" to this band and so I think we can look forward to some more great material. It's probably more for fans of somber folk music more than goth rock, although they do touch slightly on that genre.