Tragedia Nosferata - Review
Released on Halloween day of 2006, four years after their previous album Into The Ice, this band loves to really delve into what gothic rock is all about. This really comes out with lyrics and titles like "The Grave Shall Be Forever" and "Taste of Night", you can literally start to formulate in your mind the material on this album. They continue to improve their sound and remain true to their solid gothic rock style with a dozen excellent tracks.
The album kicks off with "Cold Winds" which has quickly become a favorite from this album with a solid gothic rock style featuring the harsh accented male vocals with the occasional female vocals providing backup. This continues on through the excellent piece "Patricia in Pain" which features a sort of ballad-like rock lyrical content over the music formed from grinding guitars, just enough electronics to add some body to the music and a moving rock beat. At this point they take a slight twist moving into a sort of rockabily style on "The Grave Shall Be Forever" with a bit of guitar and percussion you might expect to hear at the end of a spaghetti western movie, but it all comes together so well that it's uncanny how enjoyable this song actually is for goth fans. And then we're quickly swept away into a barrage of grinding guitars and a fast-paced beat with "The Key". These driving rock tracks are a throw-back to the better years of gothic rock of the 90's with riffs similar to early Nosferatu and related bands which is a real treat.
Old-school goth fans can really sink their fangs into a few of the dark and brooding tracks like "Drawing Room" which starts off slow and haunting and then picks up with an onslaught of guitars and drums much like the never-ending pieces from The Swans that only die-hard fans can truly appreciate, and then back again for that excellent eerie break in between the chorus. In a more standard way, "Taste of Night" again moves between haunting, dark beauty and moving rock with siren-like vocals providing a mesmerizing backdrop. With that we're back full force into the gothic rock sound of "Last Mystery" and other tracks as we start to wind down the album.
Along with the standard inclusion of the haunting synths on many tracks mixed with the guitar and percussion, the addition of the occasional sound of rain falling, or other effects make various selections on this album truly excellent pieces. The slow Cure-like piece "We Walk The Shore" provides an excellent break from the grinding riffs as they are substituted with acoustic-style plucked guitar melodies. In a somewhat similar style "Excit to Root" wraps up the album in all of it's splendor through the heavy bass and percussion that slowly move the piece along. This is a great finale to the disc and has quickly become another favorite that fans of the moodier, less savage music will really enjoy. With that we have the latest and greatest work from this German goth rock group that is sure to please those that want to hear more of that gothic rock revival that has been missed since the overrun of the scene by the hundreds of harsh EBM groups.
Label: Dancing Ferret