Taking the best elements of Gothic Metal and 80's Dark Wave My Kingdom Music's latest band KLIMT 1918 unleash "Undressed Momento" upon the Gothic Metal fanbase. This album is full of moments which evoke memories of later day ANATHEMA and KATATONIA and should appeal straight away to fans of those bands.
With surprisingly upbeat sections contrasting against their fantastic blend of bleak riffing this album has dynamics which automatically puts them ahead of most of their peers musically. More importantly than this is that with such fragile vocals and good use of melodic clean guitars they manage to pull this off very convincingly.
"Parade Of Adolescence" is a fantastic track which has the feel of a despairing struggle as it plods on slowly. There is a dreamy atmosphere about this as if it could be easily blown away and the vocals capture perfectly the essence of hope in such a bleak setting. So sad yet so proud this track has many twists and turns of simple yet catchy melodies in its most nostalgic sounding moments. Following this "We Don't Need No Music" has a beautiful riff - after the strange intro - which overlays an excellent simple drum beat. After this the musical section is a little disappointing yet the Italian (I think) vocals are so beautiful in their delivery that it makes up for this, and even when the English returns they don't loose much of their passion. This is one of the weaker tracks I feel but it is still good nonetheless.
"Undressed Momento" with its whisperlike vocal delivery is another of the better tracks on the album as well as the more powerful closing track "Stalingrad Theme" but overall all of the tracks should really be listened to together as they compliment each other in various ways as each adds its own distinct colour to the fantastic metaphorical painting.
If you are a fan of later day ANATHEMA or Gothic Metal in general then I urge you to do yourself a favour and pick this up as it really is beautiful and you will truly get enjoyment from it.
The CD is available at www.mykingdommusic.net for 13 Euro (plus shipping), if you send an order email to email@example.com, stating "Order from The Metal Observer reader" in the subject, you will get this CD for 10 Euro (plus shipping)! (Online October 17, 2003)