No Artist / No Name - Review
Here is a new band to introduce on the pages of Gothic Paradise formed by the quartet of Tony Hamera, Katherine Hinote, Chris Emmerson and Matthew Cross from Michigan.
This band has taken the genre of apocalyptic and neo-folk and put their own brand on it. This debut work features eight dark and brooding pieces in these genres for listeners to delve into.
The album and music starts off somber with a subtle pulsating rhythm and guitar line leading into "Dinner With The Oligarch". This soft piece slowly builds with the distant female vocals echoing over the brooding, heavy percussion create a dark and dreary atmosphere, perfect to set the stage for this dark folk album. This piece quickly became a favorite from the start and captured my attention. The dark atmospheres, heavy percussion at times coupled with the somber guitar and subtle electronics all backing Katherine's haunting vocals provide a perfect combination to create a new classic sound in the realm of dark folk music. While the dynamic nature of this first track is a great foundation, we have a nice variety across the remainder of the album, some selections standing out among the others, but all an excellent contribution to this short album.
The dark gothic elements stand out the most as favorites for me on the aforementioned introductory track, yet there are combinations and mixtures of styles and genres that will please a broader audience. For those looking for a simple folk style "The Road" and later "Clocks" are definitely selections that follow more of a classic folk style with a nice mix of acoustic and electric guitar and the absence of the echoing reverb that permeates so many of the other pieces. However, that reverb that gives such a haunting sound to these other pieces definitely lend that dark gothic touch to it. "What You Ask" is another favorite that brings out this eerie quality, with the addition of some subtle, yet at the same time bombastic percussion, we're treated with a great apocalyptic folk piece. The lilting rhythm of "The Secret's Out" is captivating and each verse is well executed though the chorus with the slight distortion mars an otherwise elegant and timeless piece. As the album winds down we're presented with "Way Down Below" which is dark and brooding as the vocals move off into the distance once again as the percussion, subtle guitar and synths provide a dark and brooding atmosphere. For those wanting heavy, dark ambient music, we have a couple of selections as well with "Saturnus" and to close the album, "The Death of Reason".
This is definitely an item fans of the staples in the folk scene will love like Rome
, Current 93
and Death in June
will enjoy. Not a lot of martial industrial though a nice amount of heavy percussion while the music remains mainly dark folk on the acoustic side.