If you happen to dare taking the risk of browsing through the vast collection of finnish Metal, you´ll be sure to catch ridiculous amounts of great music, regardless of genres. Among the infinite hordes of gothic bands, there´s an unofficial “inner circle” of albums that have passed a certain quality mark (beside music, other parametres include sale figures and just being around at the right time, the right place and in front of the right crowd). LULLACRY´s have always been a blue-collar class type of band, their discography fails where bands like CHARON and SENTENCED achieved, piercing right through the heart and ears of your everyday winter-ridden suomi man and woman, becoming national treasures now that both bands have disbanded.
“Where Angels Fear” may or may not be granted entrance to the inner pantheon of “Suomi Gothicworks With Class”, but that doesn´t change the fact that there are some pretty kickass entertaining songs on this album. You may have heard this a million times before, perhaps even more; the rocking rhythms, the groove foundation, the poisonous catchiness of every single chorus, all centered around a female singer making that promo video oh so more appealing and dangerous... Modern Gothic Rock in all it´s predictable glory: good or bad, weak, average or great, there´s no absolute truth in the matter right?
Basically you´ve got the uptempo, heavier tracks and your slower, ballad type predictabilities, there´s not much left in between these two approaches to the band´s songwriting. The most signifact aspect with LULLACRY is that they aren´t keyboard heavy, allowing simpler aesthetics to come forth, topped off with the attitude raising vocals of Tanya Lainio, which ultimately come across as fairly standard, no matter how golden these choruses might sound hehe.
“Where Angels Fear” comes in a time of Gothic Rock/Metal overflow, but like I´ve stated before, it´s entertaining in all it´s catchiness and general simplicity. Sweaty, dark themed Rock/Metal that´s suitable for the late hours of the day.
(Online May 21, 2012)