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Severance - Thresholds (2017) - Review

Band: Severance
Album title: Thresholds
Release date: 28 February 2017
Label: Deepland Records

Tracklist:
01. At The Doorway
02. The Escapist
03. New Cult
04. The Curse On You
05. Need You Back
06. Believers
07. Asphyxia
08. The Day That The Sun Never Sets
09. The Hallway
10. Shell My Skin
11. The Day That The Sun Never Sets (Two Witches Mix)

Severance is a gothic rock band from Monterrey, Mexico. Formed in 2013 by Rul Delirio (voice, guitar), Carlo “Bam Bam” Vargas (guitar), Hugo “Altered beast” Guerrero (bass) and Marco Soma (drums), they have got a good reception, especially in Latin America. Strongly influenced by the 80s and 90s gothic rock acts, they try to shape their own style adding more influences from different genres like death rock, gothic metal or alternative rock.

Thresholds was released in February through the Brazilian record label Deepland Recods. I have to confess that the first time I listened to a song from them, they didn't convince me but fortunately I give them a second opportunity and it was worth the effort.

The album is characterized by magnificent guitars, the most prominent element of their sound. “The Escapist” is an exceptional gothic rock guitar driven song, clearly influenced by the Spanish band Héroes del Silencio. The single “New Cult” is another example of their style, with a catchy chorus, becoming a dancefloor hit. “Need you back” is possibly the most death rock oriented song of the album, with reminiscences of the masterpiece Only Theatre Of Pain by Christian Death. If you are a Fields Of The Nephilim fan, don’t miss “Asphyxia”, strongly influenced by the wild rhythm of the Nephs song “Phobia”. The album ends with the remix of the Finnish band Two Witches, delivering a more sophisticated sound to the song “The Day That The Sun Never Sets”.

Severance has a promising future in the dark scene, in my opinion they should polish some aspects of their sound: the overall production should be more bombastic and sometimes the voice should be more integrated with the rest of the instruments. Anyway, Thresholds is a really good album. If you are into gothic rock, you shouldn’t miss this band, they perform an outstanding music that will captivate you.

Review written by: Rubén
Rating: 8/10

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Band: Red Sun Revival
Album title: Identities
Release date: 19 June 2015
Label. Echozone/Ressurection Records

When the London based four piece Red Sun Revival released their debut album, Running From The Dawn, in 2012, the gothic rock fans were nothing but mesmerized and hooked by its ethereal emotional melodies, yet very personal and deeply moving songs. Then the EP named Embers brought one hell of a promising four tracks where the band showed even more matured compositional skills. With Identities the band got even more unique sound, even though the typical gothic rock elements perfected before by The Mission, Nosferatu, The Cure and Fields Of The Nephilim are present all over, but done in such kind of soundtrack-ish style, with pinch of pop like edge in some rhythmic lines, with emotions pouring out with every chord, every beat and every word, I don't believe we ever heard something alike before. Identities with all of the ten featured songs is as opposed to the debut album written not only by bands mastermind Rob Leydon, this time also bassist Panos Theodoropoulous took a part in the compositional process and the consequence are even more flowing, lush and original soundscapes, even Rob Leydon's voice has almost nothing to do anymore with Carl McCoy. In a way I can go as far and say that if later era Pink Floyd were ever going to make gothic rock then something similar could came up. Identities offers a myriad of amazing moments that flow like a tender warm breeze of the most refined darkness, thus exposing all of its beauty to the one who'll give to this release a careful listen.

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