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Hailing from the UK, this quartet was formed in 2002 out of the members Eddie Martin (guitars), Rob Leydon (guitars), Danny Tartaglia (bass) and Raymon Shah (vocals).  The next year they released their 3-track EP Prelude and introduced their style to the masses.  At this same time they start playing live shows and end up sharing the stage over the next couple of years with a number of well-known bands including Killing Miranda, The Last Dance and others.  By 2004 they are finally able to take a break from live performances and finish their studio work and release their debut full-length album Four Corners.  After this release the band sets out again touring and playing live to promote the album and the story continues on...

The style of this band has risen out of the ashes of the 80's and 90's gothic rock movement.  The excitement for fans of Fields of the Nephilim and Ikon will enjoy the driving bass, soaring guitars and solid baritone vocals that these and other classic goth legends started.

The UK continues to be a breeding ground for great gothic music and this band is no exception.  Check them out by visiting their website and listening to selections on Gothic Paradise radio.


Four Corners - Review - 04/09/05

I picked this album on a tip and have been enjoying the great classic gothic rock style.  From the first fast-paced introductory track, I was launched back to the days and sound of Fields of the Nephilium and early Ikon. These are the styles that first attracted me to the goth genres so many years ago and so this style stood out for me on this release.

Now that I've listened to it several times, it's easier to break it down, pick out the club hits and the goth classic sounds as well as some of the weaknesses that can be worked on.  It's easy to pick out many classic goth elements, especially in the driving bass guitar that is a staple in the goth music scene, or the soaring electric guitar in between chorus and verse.  "Vathek" is the kickoff track that really shows off all of these styles in a fast-paced anthem.  Delving into the more subtle tones of bass drum and bass guitar are "Fallen" and "Step Down".

While all of the music is a solid portrayal of guitars, bass, excellent percussion and deep vocals.  Occasionally the vocals can seem a bit monotonous, but the melody does pick up some in many of the latter tracks.  "Days of November" steps up with more melodic tones and has quickly become a favorite with the emotional driving force.  The final three tracks really wrap up the album well with more variety, an excellent mix of guitars for great layers of moody tapestries.  I think the vocal work on these final tracks is also the best on the album.  "Shine" is the finale for the album starting slow and minimalistic and building up to a climax and whirling hurricane of feeling, thought and music.

Overall this is a nice album, coming together well into a whole.  While only eight tracks long, it still lasts over fourty minutes, so it's enough to satisfy but still leaves people longing for more.

Rating: 3.5/5


Website: www.voices-of-masada.co.uk

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