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The Technology Of Tears - Review

Hailing from the Denver, Co goth scene, this band is composed of members Mark Sousa, Matt Shaffer, Heidi Gray and Mark Passmore.  They originally formed in 2001 and have been working on their debut album Technology of Tears which we finally have available to us. This album is one of those that will fit into a certain niche of electronics-driven goth rock, loved by many and probably overlooked by more.  The entire style fits nicely in with bands this group has done live shows with such as Bella Morte, The Last Dance, Razed in Black and another Denver-area artist Fiction 8.

While the overall production of the disc is nice, unfortunately every track sounds like the next, so it all becomes very homogenous.  The anchor to the album, and the song after which all other songs are modeled seems to be "Victim".  As I listen to the album on many tracks when the drums and synths kick in I start singing "...don't you know, don't you know you're not the victim..." and it fits perfectly.  However, many other bands are able to do this and still remain very popular and continue to grow.  Maybe it's just this debut album, we'll have to see as they release more music.

Of the songs that do stand apart slightly, "Untrue" is one of them as it slips into some deep, heavy synths and a mid-tempo beat.  Mark's vocals are solid on all tracks and fans of Bella Morte will enjoy the smooth solidarity in them on all tracks whether it's the slower ballad-like pieces or the driving dance-floor tracks.  "Skin Deep" picks up also in a little different style from all of the rest with a little heavier goth feel in the percussion while the pulsating synths lay down the foundation.  After "Dereliction" which is another cookie-cutter piece on the album we drift into "Halo" which is a bit different and includes some nice guitar for an edgy accent on the piece which makes it really sound a lot more like Bella Morte.

As the album winds down we drift on through a few more pounding tracks ranging from slow and heavy pieces "Sever" and "Ghosts" and on to the fast-paced "Mirrors" and finale to the album, "Living Lies" which jumps right back in that same rhythm and pattern as "Victim" once again.  Despite the homogenous sound on the album across the eleven tracks, there's just enough diversity that most listeners should be please.  Again, if you're a fan of any of the aforementioned groups, then this will fit well in your collection.

Rating: 3/5



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