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Darklife #8 Review
Darklife #8 Review
Press / Radio - Reviews
Thursday, 24 April 2003 00:00

Darklife #8 Review

04.24.2003

the DARKLIFE fanzine

Asmodeus X - Wolf Age (Black Pepper)

Asmodeus X out of Houston, heralded by their local press as a goth band don't really come across as a goth band in the classical meaning of the word (at least in Europe) with their first full length effort Wolf Age. In the sense that they avoid the repetitiveness characterising goth acts.

The work is quite eclectic (some would call it a mixed bag), offering punchy electronics, dark synth lines, distorted guitar textures, sharp guitar lines and even acoustic guitar, interesting male vocals ranging from distorted industrial-style to synth pop. The ingredients are combined in varying doses in the different tracks resulting in the mentioned variations.

The album opens with an easy dancefloor filler, Melting, in Euro electro style (think the latest incarnation of Mortiis); then it switches to guitar driven with industrial undertones with What Is Strong; third up is Songs of Glory, offering a synth pop feel instead. And so on. Another potential dancefloor number of the Euro electro variety is MuZ. Wolf in The Sky, presented as the central track of the album is instead a dark pop ballad complete with acoustic guitar. Black Forest is again more in the tradition of guitar industrial/rock. White Mountains draws instead on dark pop/folk elements. The overall atmosphere is quite light and avoids the darkness at all costs.

An eclectically mixed bag of synth pop, dark pop, dark folk, rock/industrial and as the shifts are not all so clear-cut, a surprisingly pleasant listen supplied with the mentioned dancefloor tracks and framed in a slightly "politically incorrect" image.

Gianfri