The Shores of Anhedonia - Review
This duo hails from Colorado and brings to light a great mix of heavy, deep vocals over dark, electro-industrial soundscapes.
I was introduced to their excellent piece "Inferno (for a heart)" on the Wicked Trax
compilation released by Xperiment XIII
. It was great to hear
this track and another new band to add to our collection and roster of great artists. Xperiment XIII
out of Australia also felt the same way and picked
them up as one of their first releases as a label. The album comes packed with their flavor of dark and heavy electro-industrial music across ten tracks. The
first comparison that popped into my head because of the vocals was the band Type O Negative
, however the musical style is definitely much more upbeat
along the lines of the bands listed as influences and similarities such as older Evil's Toy, Fields of the Nephilim
and the more upbeat tracks from
Diary of Dreams
The album kicks off in full intensity with "Dominion (Subjugate)" with the heavy, pounding beats and various layers of noise, rhythms, pulsating, heavy electronics
all as a back-drop to the dark and brooding vocals. "Inferno (for a heart)" comes pounding immediately after with a definite heavier sound for a perfect dark
sound with vocals and music dripping with emotion and intensity. Most of the album picks up on the driving, dark electro-industrial sound and from track to
track the listener can get a bit lost, however some tracks stand out and break it up a bit. About half-way through the album we're presented with "Anhedonia"
which takes the tempo down a bit while not losing any emotional intensity though the vocals are especially deep and brooding, and just a bit hard to understand.
This stellar piece provides just enough variety to break up the album and make it creative and a bit more interesting to hold the listener's attention.
The latter half of the album picks up the intensity and tempo again, really kicking it off with "Archetypes and Avatars" with an intense mix of pounding beats
and equally pounding layered electronics. "Kali" comes along though and just kind of blows everything out of the water with a great piece, a bit of a swing
to the rhythm, additional grinding guitars add more intensity and body all accented by the heavy percussion and finished off with the deep vocals. As the album
starts to wind down, another stellar piece is definitely "Morning Star" with extremely intense electronics in something of a future-pop style and moving rhythms
providing the back-drop for the vocals. "Divine" brings the album to a close with a definitely slower tempo and even decreasing the intensity a bit, though
still very heavy and moving, it's a great way to bring everything to a nice close.
There we have it, another great new band with their awesome official debut album. Fans of the previously mentioned bands should really enjoy this album and
not hesitate to go out and pick it up, available on the bandcamp and other websites listed below. It's definitely worth it to add to your collection.