The first thing I think of when I hear "Goth" is a bunch of pimply high schoolers stealing their mom's mascara, wearing $50 black canvas dresses draped with ten pounds of gaudy plastic chains chromed over, and listening to EVANESCENCE. So generally, one would think I would be predisposed to dislike most gothic music... however, bands like this I guess are disproving that hypothesis...
From the very first song on, I found myself always bobbing my head to the stomping 4/4 beats and even airdrumming a bit to some of the cool cymbal patterns... the drums lay the foundation for every absolutely infectious riff and guitar hook, of which this album is full of... definitely rock n' roll!! What seperates the Goth N' Rock from just regular Rock, though, is the textural clean guitar passages underneath everything... and the very deep and emotive vocals courtesy of Kalle Metz, not to mention the the keyboards and whatnot swirling around sections - though they never take precedence over the distorted powerchord rhythms. A few tracks have some computer-generated beats it sounds like, complete with acoustic guitars damp with effects. The most important thing of course is that everything is so damn catchy! There are even some delightful bluesy leads on here, rife with screaming unison bends - definitely something picked up from axe-slinger Linde from HIM. Definitely a treat for the ears!
The only negative is that, with Rock music - the frontman is the one who is supposed to provide an explosive charisma to the band and be the center of energy - in this, Metz just can't compare to the ever popular Ville Valo of HIM when it comes to bleeding enthusiasm through the speakers... despite being a steadier singer, and in my opinion, an all-round better one technically. But as guys like Axl Rose have proven, what your voice sounds like is definitely not the #1 priority in Rock :).
However, the production is crisp, the tunes are memorable, and even though generally I want to beat up pasty faced fat mall Goth types... I can definitely dig this kind of music! They probably have some work ahead of them if they want to stand next to the mighty Suomis though... (Online September 11, 2006)