Kiss The Girls - Review
This driving gothic rock project is composed of the UK trio of Louise (vocals), Marc (guitar/vocals) and Stuart (guitar). Their history is short and this may be all we have to show for it. They've been together for four years, finally created this one album which was released to the public in May of 2010 and by July of 2010, the band had split.
Thus the quest goes on for more great gothic rock, luckily we have this album and many fans were able to enjoy them live for a few years. The album is memorable and a great style of very face-paced, driving gothic rock in the vein of the 90's gothic rock movement during it's peak.
On this album we're presented with ten of these driving tracks. While "Juliette" slowly builds in old-school gothic rock fashion, once the fast-paced drum machine kicks in, there's really no slowing down for the rest of the album. We get a great mix of reverb and echo on the mix of male and female vocals, delay on the guitars, giving them a soaring, shimmering sound and all draped over drums going at break neck speed. While themes revolve around love, mystic elements of all things goth, each track has the listener on a pure adrenaline rush from the power, emotion and tempo.
We pick up a lot of traces from classic greats like Rosetta Stone
and The Mission UK
, with guitar riffs on "The Dreamer" or "Kiss The Girls" that are captivating. This latter track has grown to be a definite favorite, the beat slows down enough that it's a little bit more accessible on the dance floor, or really wherever you are, a nice break from the somewhat extremity of other pieces. Other favorites include some previously mentioned pieces like "Juliette", but "Faerytale" stands out with Marc taking the lead on vocals, giving it a nice classic sound. Louise's silky smooth vocals do shine on this and other pieces, usually taking the lead, but the trade-off mix is a nice touch and it's not the typical "beauty and the beast" sound so prevalent in the industrial-related genres. This is immediately followed by another favorite with that classic touch on "Tell Me All Your Secrets", with a little bit more of a driving, grinding guitar there's more depth on this piece and Louise takes back the lead for a siren-like sound. "Siren" fits perfectly in the genre, the style with the female vocals and is a perfect addition to the album, though at this point the listener may realize that many of these fast-paced tracks start to sound just a bit much like the others. And to finalize the album we bring the tempo and intensity down for the finale piece "Missa Solemnis" with that vague, dark religious touch we love in our gothic rock. This tempo remains slow for about half the piece and then slowly builds up for a final rush to the finish in grand style.
While it's sad the band didn't last long, we're glad they were able to leave us with this one excellent work. Even before the writing of this review, the listeners of Gothic Paradise have given them positive votes and have been well received and will be enjoyed for many years to come while we search for others to fill the void.
Label: Dark Dimensions / Alice in ...