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Voices - London Award winner

by Michael Coyle at 21 October 2014, 10:12 AM

A collection of minds spanning from such bands as MY DYING BRIDE and AKERCOCKE comes what can only be described as a very interesting form of sound and creativity, bonding ideas into a visual and very intense form, from listening to this record I have seen what can be described as a pattern, or a story of sorts within the lyrical content, from what I have found it sounds both dark and yet somehow very personal in a way.

This is VOICES, “London”

We start with the opening track "Suicide Note". For what it is I found this to be a very relaxed song incorporating clean and mellow vocals as well as the use of a piano to add a very calming nature to the song, through listening on I found myself in a sense of mellow and trance like thought. This track initially surprised me as this was my first time ever listening to this band and found myself quite surprised, I knew that the band was a mix of old members from two heavy hitters in the music industry, and I also knew that they had a heavier perspective when it came to their type of music, but this was quite the shocker as I never really knew something so radiant could ever be made of such intense artists as these.

Through my time listening I found comfort in some songs and as much with the others I felt uneasy and disturbed (in a good way), through my time listening on to London I felt as if the story being told was of a dying world being torn apart by an unknown force, or by a force we already know, through and through it did feel as if the members of Voices had more than a few personal feelings pouring deeply into this record, both aggressive and very constructive if I do say so myself, as if using this music was a way of absorbing the rage and filtering it out, maybe even venting it out to another source that would allow for them to create such a brutal piece of mental performance.

The last song I chose from this already incredible release is Imaginary Sketches of a Poisoned Man, Through this track I found a sense of intensity that normally would never bother me, but this would be a first, I’m not saying anything bad about it at all, it is by far a very unique piece of music, but at the same time there is this sense of awe and confusion I just can't seem to picture in my head, maybe this is why I love it so much to be very honest, it shows this element which you cannot put your finger on but you know it all the same, it is truly a powerful song with a unique style of order.

To conclude, I found this album to be a journey with many question that may still need answering, but that is the beauty of it really, when compared to their first release London shows a sense of power and complete idea within every track, a strong powerful album is what I can honestly say, and I hope to hear more for the future.

4 Star Rating

1. Suicide Note
2. Music for the Recently Bereaved
3. The Actress
4. Vicarious Lover
5. Megan
6. Imaginary Sketches of a Poisoned Man
7. The Antidote
8. The FuckTrance
9. Hourglass
10. The House of Black Light
11. The Final Portrait of the Artist
12. Last Train Victoria Line
13. The Ultimate Narcissist
14. Cold Harbour Lane
Dan Abela - Bass
David Gray - Drums
Sam Loynes - Guitars
Peter Benjamin - Guitars, Vocals
Record Label: Candlelight Records


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