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Psycho Village – Unstoppable

Psycho Village
by Sergio Andrés at 09 September 2019, 10:56 PM

PSYCHO VILLAGE is a Rock band from Vienna, Austria. Their sound bounces between Alternative College Rock and Heavy guitars, with some Electronic embellishments. This particular record has outstanding production and top-notch artwork. Every instrument sounds right at the spot, kudos to the engineer.

Unfortunately, Daniel Kremsner's vocal timbre doesn´t move me, and with that in mind, I find this first listening not enjoyable. Even the flawless production and robust performance from the rest of the band, can´t help deviate my attention from the vocals.

The opening tunes “Chasing the Sun” and “What was that” have memorable radio hooks, proficient instrumental back up, but as I mentioned, the vocal department is not my cup of tea. The same happens with “Shine on Us.” Although I consider myself an open-mind listener and bands like MANIC STREET PREACHERS, HIM and THE STONE ROSES (quite influential here) ARE my cup of tea, can´t feel some empathy with this offering.

“Unstoppable” has an intense drumming track; love the cymbals, the micing of the snare, plus, the electronic sounds give a kitsch aura to the tune. “Broken Hearted” has a SAVAGE GARDEN touch and a nice build-up to crescendo dynamic. I think Daniel´s voice fits comfortably here. So far, this is the best composition of the record. “Half Caste Symphony” pushes the heavy envelope a little bit more with satisfying results. But it never hits the stellar category.

“It's Okay” was unexpected, what a precious gem it is, the vocals sound convincing, full of emotion, nicely pitched. Angelical arrangements, and yes, the bands goes total volume at the end; dynamics are the law here. At this point I´m asking why they don't go all the way like this, because they are not a hard rock band, but they can deliver splendid Beatlesque material. In this genre lies their strength. I may add that this song has some elements of another sublime offering; MSP´s “Tsunami

“Without You” and “Can't you see” close this eclectic collection with some hints of DEPECHE MODE and SMASHING PUMPKINS, and I´m already missing their softer side.

Songwriting: 6
Originality: 8
Memorability: 5
Production: 9

3 Star Rating

1. Chasing the Sun
2. What was That
3. Shine on Us
4. Unstoppable
5. Broken Hearted
6. Foxrain
7. Half Caste Symphony
8. It's Okay (Radio Edit)
9. Without you
10. Can't You See
Daniel Kremsner - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Maximilian Raps - Bass & Backing Vocals
Johannes Sterk - Drums
Record Label: 7Hard Records


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