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Hailing from the hot southwest in Scottsdale, Arizona, this band brings us their solid gothic rock style.  The band is formed by the trio Arron (vocals, bass, keyboards, drums), Mark Cady (guitars, bass) and Lizz (backing vocals).  The band has been around for several years with some self-released work and a number of live appearances.  Their debut album Choir Invisible was accepted worldwide with a somewhat cult following.  They have developed their sound over the years and have released their sophomore album Black Eyed Angel through the prominent Italian label Palace of Worms.

I've been familiar with the sound of Second Skin since the 90's and so it's no surprise that the band has that late 80's and early 90's gothic rock style.  Solid guitar work and pounding rock beats are the backdrop for Arron's solid vocals that are reminiscent of other gothic rock greats from the past.  I think that fans of any past great band like The Mission, possibly Christian Death and even classics like David Bowie.

While the band has an active start, but slightly slow in getting the recognition they deserve, they've managed to land a good deal with their sophomore album.  This is a great way to launch their career to the world and hopefully they will get the help and publicity they deserve with their two solid releases and numerous compilation appearances.  The bottom line is that fans of gothic rock really have something to enjoy from this band.


Black Eyed Angel – Review

After their debut album Choir Invisible and a number of teasers here and there on numerous compilations we're finally presented with this nicely produced sophomore album. Long-time fans will recognize several tracks from this album which are re-released here now that they have more of a world-wide audience.  With fourteen total tracks on the regular CD for over an hour of great music and a number of multimedia extras on the limited edition bonus disc, this is an excellent disc to get your hands on.  In addition to the music and digital content, the booklet also contains the lyrics and a little background and info on the album.

It all really comes down to the music in the end and that's what this album is all about, good, solid music.  "Stalker" kicks off the album as a sort of introductory, dark spoken word track making it a type of cinematic work.  This fades directly into "Body" which kicks off the great new powerful goth rock works from this band.  Using all electronic drums they manage to pull off a solid and non-synthetic sound and this track shows how it can be done.

The talents of this trio really come out in each of these selections from Arron's stellar vocals, bass and percussion to Mark's guitar work and Lizz's smooth backing vocals on many tracks.  As we go through the album we move through each track including the fast-paced "Beautiful" and "Still My Love" each sporting that solid goth sound, excellent guitars and mixture of deep, sinister and melodic vocals.  "Liberata Me" will be familiar to fans that are familiar with previous works and it's dark, fast-paced sound.  This stellar track along with "Voo Doo Doll", "Club Sexxx II" and "Sweet Nothing" all create the backbone to this album with the solid tried and true sound we've enjoyed over the recent years from this band.

Other favorites on the album include "Kara" which continues on with the solid rock sound.  The vocals and lyrics take on a bit more of an emotional turn and keep the dark sound as the centerpiece.  And finally, the album wraps up with the seven-minute long "Scream Yourself To Sleep".  As the title implies it carries that darker tone to wrap up the album.

Once again we have another great band that has made their mark on the gothic scene.  In the past they've made some great waves with excellent tracks and so now we take the past and unite it with the present for this new highly recommended album.

Rating: 4/5


Website: www.secondskin.net
Label: Palace Of Worms

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