The strangely titled "In The Pharmacy" by PROMISES, is the bands first full length album since the year 2000. For the most part "In The Pharmacy" is a decent album, but considering the amount of time the band took to write this album, I’d expect a bit more from them.
One odd thing about this album is that I found it tough to find another band or album to compare it to, despite the fact that it doesn’t really have a unique sound at all. I suppose the best comparison I could come up would be a less depressing and more upbeat version of KATATONIA.
Most of the riffs here are just strummed power chord progressions with the occasional dissonant sounding clean section thrown in. The guitar solos are a mixed bag of good and weird. There are a lot of extremely odd sounding note choices paired with a number of various effects and whammy bar abuse, but there’s also some fairly tasty melodic licks as well. Definitely an interesting combination, but I would personally like to hear more of the straight up "normal" lead playing because it’s quite good. Vocalist Viktor Svoboda’s vocals are also a mixed bag. Most of the time he sounds fairly normal, but other times he sounds borderline whiny and a bit too monotone.
Overall, "In The Pharmacy" is a fairly standard sounding album with a few odd quirks. If you’re into Gothic Metal then this is worth a listen. Even if you’re not it might still be worth your time.
(Online March 1, 2008)