If I remember correctly, LP's debut release was very doom and gloom and I wasn't too thrilled about it. It was so long ago that I don't remember. I was reluctant to pop this in when I received it because of what I thought about it and then when I read the press sheet the word “Goth” was inserted. What the hell! I am a scribe and I need to do my job. "One Hope's Evening" is melodic, but slow and romantic sounding. It's not Gothic, but more or less sad sounding. Ok, I wasn't too thrilled with it so far, but what the hell. I'll stick with it. It does pick up the pace a lot more here on the title track. There is nothing dragging here.
Think of Later TIAMAT or MOONSPELL. The guitars rock out and the drums are much better here. Oliver's voice also has more pep in his step. It seems like the songs go back and forth from sluggish to rockin' out because after the slow paced "To Bleed." Things get heavy again thanks to "Sarah Lou." The band spices things up with some synth action on "Amber Girl" giving the tune an energetic vibe that could be used to not only break up the monotony at times, but add some life to this depressing music. Fuck! I wasn't expecting such a Heavy Metal solo during the track. It's killer and unexpected. Unpredictability is always a good thing to have. All the vocals on here are crystal clear and you won't get that cheesy intertwining of male and female. Oliver does it all on this release. There are no gruntings either which can be a plus every now and then.
“Ave End” is dark, moroseful, sad and even energetic and when you combine all of those things together you get a really cool album. This definitely exceeded my expectations. (Online March 30, 2005)