Ninth House - The Eye that Refuses to
By Marcus Pan
Not badly done by any means,
Ninth House have a solid gothic rock feel and make-up. They put on a damn good
performance having played a show with me once(1) (where I actually picked up
the CD for review) and sound just as good on stage as on CD. Made up of Mark
Sinnis (vocals/bass/acoustic guitar), Bernard San Juan (guitar) and Francis
Xavier (drums), their keyboarding seems to be programmed and used sparingly
enough to liven the atmosphere.
The Company You'll Keep has a Last Dance(2) sound to
it and Sinnis carries it off well. The only problem with Ninth House is I get
that "been there" feeling with it, though it's nice to visit this type of sound
every now and again. Xavier pushes the pace a tad faster on the following
Murder, standard stuff but competently done. You Can Blame it All On
Me has too strong of an overhashed sound that I can't get too into it. It's
starting to fall a bit behind me now, comfortable to work with and listen to
but nothing reaching out and grabbing me.
Jealousy is low down and smooth, a slow moving ballad
that while not far reaching still has a nice groovy tone throughout. Once in
an Ordinary Life becomes the best songs on the album, brightening up the
atmosphere and speeding up a bit after the plodding Follow the Line.
Almost pop in its make-up, its one of the few I'll remember after the CD
finishes spinning. Sinnis pulls out all stops on belting this one out.
Forsaken Psalm retains this vocal flair of goodness
with a hymn style tune with in depth lyrics and a strong baritone voice. I find
myself digging this tune more and more as it picks up steam and grooves out
funkily. Their Send Me An Angel remake is quite nice as well.
The Eye That Refuses to Blink is one of those goth
rock albums that's good, but will fade from my mind somewhat fast after
spinning. It's a little hum-drum, really, but the trio here do a good job of
performing it, especially live, even if it doesn't burn its way into my memory
banks. Hard review to write, this was.
(1) Dominion @ Club Rare, Manhattan NYC, August 13,
(2) Their latest, which I really liked, was Whispers in Rage
and reviewed in Legends
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