Τετάρτη, 31 Αυγούστου 2011

The House Of Usher - Pandora's Box (Equinoxe Records)

























THOU from Germany is a band proudly standing fr many years on the Gothic Rock scene. They were founded in 1990 by Jörg Kleudgen and Markus Pick. The band’s name is indeed inspired by E.A. Poe’s short story (“The Fall of the House of Usher”). Through the years they have gone through various line up changes, having released many classic records. Their latest one is called "Pandora's Box".

‘Saturn Rising’ is a superb opening track, heavy and atmospheric. The next, ‘Not Your Friend’, opens with a haunting piano but soon breaks into a catchy tune. The follower -which is one of my favorite tunes on the album- is called ‘Consecration’, it is a slower tempo track, well just close your eyes and dive deep into the song, only this way you may feel its secret power. The next one is entitled ‘Coming Home’ and for sure I can point that it is one of the best songs included in the album strong and heavy enough, a dark anthem. ‘How Far Can We Go’ is even darker, and has this oriental touch that makes the track sounding absolutely great.

Another song that stands dark and proudly on this release is no other than ‘Speak by Tongue’, a guitar driven tune that will satisfy you as it carries that classic THOU touch. Of course I should point the ‘Finders Keepers’ song as well that takes straight back to the beginning of the first golden era of Gothic Rock bringing into the mind the mighty Bauhaus.

Well mentioning basically the songs that I liked much from this album I almost mentioned the entire release, the not mentioned ones are not bad but someone can probably call them "fillers" or "weak ones" comparing to the already pointed tunes.

The production is good doing justice to the songs, Jorg's vocals are still the big trademark of the sound while the guitars of Tom O'Connell are still carrying that magical Garden Of Delight touch.

Anyway to sum things up I can assure you that THOU have released a great album, faithful to their classic sound, a release that you would enjoy for sure. For close minded Goths only that still worship the classic bands absolutely not for gay EBM dance floors.

Tracklist

01. Saturn Rising – 6.12
02. Not Your Friend – 4.51
03. Consecration – 5.21
04. Coming Home – 5.31
05. How Far Can We Go – 6.07
06. As Evening Draws On – 6.19
07. To The Glorious Dead – 6.32
08. Love Without Grace – 5.49
09. Where I Belong – 4.40
10. Speak By Tongue – 5.04
11. Finders Keepers – 4.43
12. As It Really Is – 6.33

Line-up

Jörg Kleudgen – Vocals
Tom O’Connell – Guitars
Georg Berger – Guitars
Ralf Dunkel – Bass
Axel Burgard – Drums

http://www.the-house-of-usher.de

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