For those about to rock…

No me puedo creer la suerte que he tenido para pillar las entradas (¡y encima 4!). Me consta que un montón de gente que deseaba ir se ha quedado con las ganas. Para que luego los bastardos se quejen del estado del negocio de la música.

En fin grupo legendario más que añadir -¿o tachar?- en la lista. Ahora a ver si todo sale bien y no hay inconveniente para ir a verlos en Abril.

Beyond The Void – “Gloom is a trip for two”

Beyond The Void – “Gloom is a trip for two”
Endzeit Elegies/Avasonic/Rough trade
Dark Rock / Gothic Metal

Somehow, when I received the promo kit for this album, I thought it would be difficult to extract a solid review. But having been through it a bunch of times, I’ve been quite convinced that “Gloom is a trip for two” is the album that could throw Beyond The Void into international fame.

What looks like a record extracted from the same place as HIM’s, hides the talent of 5 musicians and a vocalist that know very well how to do their job. Their job being a Gothic Metal / Dark Rock that can perfectly stand side by side with some established bands like The 69 Eyes or the already mentioned HIM. I could put them alongside Moonspell, too, if only for the great similarity between the voices of Daniel Pharos –Beyond The Void‘s singer- and the portuguese Fernando Ribeiro, or just for the sound of the most-metal segments of “Gloom…”.

On the tough side, I must say that nobody should expect the “chosen” album that will define and push the genre for the next years. Composition and technique of the band are fairly correct and don’t get to shine in any moment. Tracks are quite varied, going from the energy of the opening “Her dive into midnight” to the mellow ballad which is “Nihilism”, or from the metal riffs of “Cyanid eyes” to the prevailing keyboards of “A minute before dawn”, the closing one. “Seductora” and “Gloom is a trip for two” are, maybe, the most worked-on songs, and both have the smell of successful singles.

Concluding, Beyond the Void‘s third work is a great one, adecuate and recommended. It’s one of those albums that you like more the more times you listen to it, but not enough to be your favorite one. Let’s give it a high 7 and move on.

Sirocco – “The march through Crimson Frost”

Sirocco - March through the crimson frost You can find a Spanish version of this review in Friedhof Magazine, an extreme metal magazine. It’s thanks to them that I got it, and they are kind enough to let me republish this on my personal site.

Sirocco – “The march through Crimson Frost”
Publisher: BPM Studios
Genre: Celtic Thrash
Release date: October 2007
Calification: 6.5/10

“The March Through Crimson Frost” is an album which requires to be listened to quite a few times before you can make a judgement on it. You could blame this on production. It sounds like someone had sit over the equalizer knobs, creating a tonal disparity that is disorienting, if nothing else. A new studio, or at least a new sound tech would do much good for this irish boys.

Sound quality aside, there’s two features that come over everything else:

First one’s the bass. Fast, precise, and certainly complex. Quite interesting from my point of view as an amateur bassist. It’s very far from the typical supporting lines, and often the driving force behind the melodies, leaving the guitar behind.

Then, there’s the voice. Appalling, but not in a good way. The album is voiced by the bassist, and his excelent performance on the strings doesn’t extend to singing. The clear register which he uses sounds, for me, too nasal and a bit too high, and doesn’t live up to the rest, grounding what could’ve been a very well rounded work. I’d daresay that an instrumental album would have been something to think of, at least while they’re short of a singer with a wider register.

The design of the cover -complete with menhir and celtic knotting frame- along with the irish origin of the band hints about a sound that you will not find in the 38 minutes length of “The March Through Crimson Frost”. Having been described by the band themselves as Celtic Thrash, the record could be disappointing for those who like either celtic music or Thrash Metal. It is not that the album is bad in any way, it’s just that Celtic Thrash is a hard mix to get right. Sirocco, though, has managed to execute it with a great dose of raw talent, and more success than you could expect.