Gosh, where do I start with this plastic, manufactured, emotionless ode to blandness? Well, the the obvious intent to generate massive sales is glaringly obvious, so lets start there.
, being closer to a europop band than anything bearing a slight resemblance to metal, is not surprisingly motivated by profit. What I particularly detest about this release especially, compared to other bands of the genre, is the masquerade they carry on. They hide their conspicuous lack of talent behind big melodic buttresses and sweeping vocals. The songs have droningly similar song structures not only to each other, but also to any mainstream rock one would hear on American FM radio. Intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge/solo, chorus, outro, barring minor deviations in a couple of songs. This gets old after about Our Solemn
Hour, and by The Truth Beneath
, its unbearable. If I wanted a lack of talent meant to sell millions, I'd listen to Lady
Gaga or some similar pop icon whore and ditch the pretentious mock-symphonies found here.
Some songs have nice melodies that sound fine on the surface (The Cross
), but its all just so formulated. The song lengths (along with the aforementioned structures) have no variance, so the catchy melodies are Destroyed
by the predictability of the song and the generic rock drums. The vocals are good, but not astoundingly so, and once again, vary very little.
The redundancy creates little forward movement at all, and this is why I choose to call this release stagnant. If the band decided to experiment just a little and failed miserably, the album would be far better. Filosofem is a wild and varied ride compared to this, not to disrespect Filosofem by mentioning it here.
The only redemption(s) this piece offers are the epic Truth Beneath
and the bereft Forgiven
. The primary is rooted well in the territory of mediocrity, like the rest of this album, spare the awesome (if not horribly predictable) bridge/solo section after the second chorus. The vocals here are moving and fluid, exactly how they should be, with an added amount of emotion that truly separates this part from the rest of the release. The secondary is an extremely well-done ballad that portrays its lyrical content perfectly. The piano is perfectly produced, and resonates very nicely with the moving vocals. The lyrics are a tad cliche, but the song is good enough overall that this can be overlooked.
All in all, goth rock is a capitalist genre for the most part, and it shows here. The foundational melodies are good enough, but a bit of creativity wouldn't hurt.