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Your Life On Hold - My Name Is Legion For We Are Many (2018) - Review

Band: Your Life On Hold
Album title: My Name Is Legion For We Are Many
Release date: 9 November 2018
Label: Solar Lodge

Tracklist:
01. A Dead Gray Shadow Against The Sky
02. Bruised
03. Sunflower Sutra
04. Harvest Moon
05. Tension
06. Cold Fever
07. Silent Call
08. System Failure
09. Dead Tree
10. Detached

One year ago the Belgian band Your Life On Hold enthused most of the gothic rock fans with its soaring, gloomy, overall melancholic, but powerful debut album Burning For The Ancient Connection, and now the act masterminded by John Wolf is already back with the sophomore release that follows in the footsteps of the first one, but still there are many new things that can impress in a big way.

Your Life On Hold achived already on the first album a certain characteristic sound that can't be mistaken with any other band inside the genre, even though that we can't say that there are no evident influences from the big names such as The Sisters Of Mercy, The Cult, Fields Of The Nephilim or The Cure. But now Your Life On Hold offers a bit more metalic, hard, darker, more guitar driven and sometimes more atmospheric sound than on the first album, as well there's some toying with shoegazing, I can easily say that the album sounds more mature and refined. While everything, from music to lyrics, on this album was done by John Wolf, he still got some help from guest like is bassist Augustijn Vermandere and guitarist Emeric Debusschere.

Your Life On Hold is one of those new bands that we can label as "post-goth" and of course, the "goth elitists" will not touch such stuff, while those who like to see the genre expand can have a lot to hear here. The production is better, deeper and more saturated than before, but I kind of miss that primordial energy and vivaciousness that was present on Burning For The Ancient Connection. Nevertheless, when you'll hear those hard hitting guitars and strong reverberate bass lines mixed with some typical gothic rock riffing and gloomy atmospheric keys, believe me that these compositions will take you with their flow.

John's rather raspy deep, emotional, sometimes distant, but powerful and unique voice is kind of a "love it or hate it" thing I guess, but in my opinion it fits well here, and it melts nicely with those catchy melodies of tracks like is "Sunflower Sutra" or "Harvest Moon", with heavier gritty darkness of "Tension", and even better it works out in the more atmospheric tracks like is the strong and rather cinematic yet partly almost gothic metal "Cold Fever". As well the melancholic almost epic doomy reverberation named "System Failure" sounds really good, not to mention the depressive "Dead Tree" and the ambiental closing one "Detached".

Yes, I guess that you noticed that the second half of the album is for my taste better, there's much more exploration in darkness, more depth, more emotion and more impact, lush guitars and synths play their role with perfection and are more evident than in the groovier tracks. The broad spectrum of sounds is pretty coherent and everything is well connected into one kind of a sonic goth adventure. If only John would add just a little bit more suspense and drama into most of the tracks than everything would be top notch. Nevertheless, My Name Is Legion For We Are Many is highly recommended album for every one of you who is in need of some classy modern sounding post-goth rock. Your Life On Hold is the melancholic but consoling soundtrack to a life of solitude and loss.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 8/10

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Band: Nocturnal Depression
Album title: Spleen Black Metal
Release date: 27th May 2015
Label: Avantgarde Music

Baudelaire, Cros, Laforgue, Brusset, Lamartine: the elite names of French literature are presenting the main form of inspiration for Spleen Black Metal, as Nocturnal Depression took their acclaimed works and decided to pour their ideas and ambiance into music. The album title says it all to be frank: the core of music still lies within the roots of black metal - swaying from mid-tempo driven melodies to more bone-crushing parts, with expressive growls and incredibly tenebrous atmosphere. But it's the fluid motion of passages and peculiar use of guitars, vocals and addition of string instruments, which build up the spleen part of it. Spleen Black Metal is one of those albums that is fairly impossible to put into words, because its distinguishing, elegiac atmosphere is its strongest point and speaks for itself. Whatever you may hide inside your soul – shattered memories and dreams of yore - whoever may have broken your heart and spirit; your most deeply buried secrets and scars will come alive when you enter the world of Nocturnal Depression's latest effort. Nocturnal Depression delivered the gloomy, decadent and strangely passionate sensations of the poems in dusky melodies with class and elegance.

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