Hailing from Germany, this band presents us with another great style of goth-influenced electro-pop. Formed originally by Alex Kern in 2003, he was later joined by band mate Mike Kennedy. The debut album Side Scan was released in 2009 on the Prussia Records label. A mini album soon followed and later the next great full-length album Crisis was released in 2014. In the spring of 2015 the Crisis single was also released.
The album Crisis was our first exposure to this great new band in early 2015. It was a pleasant discovery to find this duo creating an emotionally charged, melodic electro-pop style. This mostly dance-friendly music is a great addition to the pages of Gothic Paradise with many tracks that listeners enjoy.
Crisis - Review
From the first time I listened to this album I was impressed with the great music presented. Over time the tracks have grown on me even more as I've listened to favorites and included selections on our Club Mix radio show for listeners to enjoy. Listeners have responded in a positive way to the great music from this album and it's a pleasure to give a short review here. With eleven original tracks as well as two additional remixes of the single "Silver Arrow" which the band also has a video for available on Youtube for readers to check out. This set of tracks is a great album, a full package of great music to enjoy.
With thirteen tracks total, there are too many to touch on in detail, so I'll highlight favorite selections. The album is great from start to finish and I encourage listeners to listen to it in it's entirety to gain the full experience. However, on track three we're presented with their second single "Crisis". This track presents us with a mid-tempo, emotionally charged piece with layers of electronics and grinding guitars as a great back-drop for the somber and melodic vocals. The intensity on this piece shines through this excellent combination of instruments and vocals to the delight of all dark electro-goth music fans. Immediately following this masterpiece is the catchy first single from this album "Silver Arrow". The syncopated rhythms have the listener moving no matter where they are, ready to dance and sway to the mesmerizing hooks on this piece. While the grinding guitar appears on this track as well, it's fairly subtle and mainly adds some great depth to the music, backing the moving beats and various synths for a great musical tapestry. As the album moves along, the next track also stands out great as another stellar piece in "Time Is a Waiting". While the music is moving, it's becomes more of a vehicle for the solid, emotionally intense vocals including female backing vocals on the chorus. While "I'm So Sorry" is a nice ballad and provides some respite from moving dance-friendly beats, it's later as we get into the more intense piece "Love Is Rare" that we reach the next favorite on this album. While it is a somber, almost ballad-like piece, it builds in intensity on the chorus and creates another captivating siren-song to hold the listener enthralled a bit longer. The album starts to wind down a bit and we hit another masterpiece in "Honest Zombie". While the band seems to have some supernatural influences, despite the song's title, this is more a self-deprecating track spilling over with more intensely personal lyrics and moving vocals over the powerful music. At this point we reach "At Night" which is the last of the original tracks on the album and a definite highlight that stems from some of the seemingly minute details of the music. For me the beautiful spanish-influenced acoustic guitar really stands out against the building layers of electronics and synths over a driving beat backing the intensely emotional vocals.
After the two previously mentioned remixes wrap up, the album comes to a close and the listener is left satisfied with a great body of tracks, yet still wanting more new music from these artists. The music is captivating and enjoyable, many selections are dance-friendly and the inclusion of the two remixes are a nice bonus as they're well done and enjoyable like the rest of the album. Fans of the darker electro-pop styles, that I often call electro-goth music will love this album. If you were lucky enough to pick it up (probably because you live in Germany or surrounding areas), that's great, otherwise don't hesitate to check them out and grab this and their other singles and available discography. You won't be disappointed!