hails from the Chicago area and was originally formed in 2002 by Mel Draper and Dan Precision as a studio project. As with many projects, the lineup changed over the next few months including the addition of Sam Ruppert on bass guitar and Dan parting ways to work on his punk project and was replaced by Michael Verzani.
As this band has progressed the embarked on creating their debut album. Along this path they started performing live and released a three-track EP titled Dreamfree
. This introduced the band to the world and they were received with positive reviews and started receiving club play across the country. They finally took the time in 2004 to finish their debut album and Grave New World
was the result.
Fans of 90's gothic rock will be the most likely to enjoy the music from this band. The similarities of this band fall most closely in line with The Last Dance
with their style of mixing goth with electronics for a full and rich sound. The melancholy vocals, prominent bass and rhythmic guitars bring out the darker gothic sound while the layered synths make it more accessible to fans of the electronic scene.
This band is just embarking on what could be an exciting career with their debut album setting the stage. Check out selections on the club radio show.
Grave New World - Review - (03/22/2005)
I was first introduced to this band not too long ago and listened to the samples on their website. Being a big fan of The Last Dance
I felt there was enough similarities to this band that they were worth checking out. I was very pleased to hear the gothic rock roots come out in their music in addition to the layered electronics on several tracks.
The entire album varies slightly with this style, mixing electronics in or making the guitars the prominent backbone to the music. Even the slower ballad-like tracks feature the guitars quite heavily. The solid vocals are clear and natural, no forcing to be too low, too high or too harsh. In fact on the slower tracks I can't help but be reminded of Metallica
on their slow ballads with the intense vocal work mixed with the solid guitars.
Most of the selections on this album follow a solid goth rock pattern of rythmic guitars and a real solid, prominent bass. These also have quickly become my favorite tracks, including the fast-paced, but hybrid opener "First Blood". After the short piano intro, the pulsing synth-line picks up and moves the tempo along as the drum kicks in creating a solid beat. "Rise Again" is a stellar anthem featuring an excellent rhythm, vocals, guitars and catchy lyrics. The politically motivated "We Are Your Kings" follows this same pattern and has quickly become another favorite.
The bass on many tracks is absolutely captivating in the style of classic goth rock icons. Besides the above-mentioned tracks, those featuring this solid bass like "Under The Sun" have really caught my attention. At the same time, as a huge synthpop and EBM fan, I mostly enjoy the addition of various electronics when used well. With that said, it seems that "The Crossing" takes it a little far, mixing goth with techno vocoding or something that seems to throw off the vocals, definitely not one of my favorites but can easily be excused with the quality of the rest of the album.
The title track of the album wraps it up in a solid goth fashion that is truly an excellent track. It moves along slowly and steadily as a nice finale to the album. Overall, this is a nice work, great for a debut album.