Fearless - Review
This is a new band here to the pages of Gothic Paradise, having just formed in 2011 by the Icelandic duo Krummi Björgvinsson and Halldor Björnsson.
The duo sports an electro-industrial sound mixing styles from a bit of classic new wave and electr-pop to the harder-edged industrial moods. The album features thirteen excellent tracks that run the gamut of these styles for a moving mix.
Hailing from Iceland and not being familiar with any other bands from the area, I wasn't really sure what exactly to expect and needless to say I've been pleased with it each time I listen. First impressions range from similarities with bands like Project Pitchfork
with the broad range of electronic music styles presented, as well as a various vocal styles and patterns similar to and ranging from bands like the aforementioned Project Pitchfork
as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers
and Peter Gabriel
. That should should also give an idea of the dynamic range that the album provides.
It all starts off with a stellar introductory instrumental piece in the form of "Amazon War". The building tribal elements over the layers of dynamic electronics is excellent and provides a great intro to the album, building up to a nice climax and really getting the blood pumping for the follow-up piece "Benjamite Bloodline". This latter selection shows how the band can mix a little bit of "strange" with powerful electro-pop sounds. The pulsating layered synths are excellent as it provides a moving backdrop for the interesting lyrics and vocals. This is followed by "City" which is one of the more "pop" or lighter pieces on the album, and also the first to have it's own video that's worth checking out.
As the album continues to move along we get to one of my favorite selections "Sister" which is a bit darker and more brooding piece with a slower mid-tempo beat while the overall intensity and power move it all along nicely. Continuing to slow down even more with "Violence" we continue to see a bit darker, more brooding and introspective side to the band and also hear the darker, deeper vocals that you would imagine would be more prominent for a band of this style in the goth/industrial genres. This darker, brooding intensity varies as it ebbs and flows across "Runaway Train" with a bit more intensity on this piece as well as the title track "Fearless" and seems to give way to an even lighter pop sound on "Sudden Stop". This lighthearted style and sound seems to permeate most of the rest of the album as we move quickly through "Devil in Me", "Lust" and "Virgin". As the album starts to come to a close, a more introspective piece "Travelling Blind" permeates the soundwaves with a solid bass and heavy beat for a dance-friendly yet somber piece, which quickly became a favorite on this album for me with it's somber moods layered over the moving beat and layered electronics. This leaves us with the "Steed Lord" remix of "Devil in Me" which takes a bit more of a dance mix twist on the original for a nice bonus and finale to the album.
Overall this is a great addition to any fans of the wide range of electro-industrial styles, especially with the various vocal styles used spanning similarities with so many different bands which create such dynamic sound, never quite knowing for sure what to expect next. Definitely check it out as a great addition to our 2012 catalog of great music.
Label: Art of Fact