Lord Goth and the Darkness - "Azrael Calls"
By Marcus Pan
There are many facets to any new musical outfit. First and
foremost, is the music. It is by this that a creation will stand or fall. But
other things that will effect the outcome must be taken into consideration -
music is, after all, a creative endeavor and therefore requires much in the way
of ingenuity to succeed. Examples that would come to mind that show creativity
above the music itself would be Noxious Emotion's work on their CD jackets and
presentation - the way their releases of Symbols and Count Zero
mesh the music with the artwork. Or you can consider the work of past rocker
Alice Cooper or Kiss - the make-up, characters that may be created for stage
use, etc. Lucid Dementia utilize a puppet onstage as their lead singer, for
example. Suffice to say that the characters one may represent, if any, while
performing one's music can be quite effective in your success - or failure.
Lord Goth and the Darkness is the creative work of "The
Darkness" (aka Andreas Grimstoche) and "Lord Goth." On the jacket is a small
story reminiscent of nearly every creation theory you might have ever heard,
whether it be in the pages of a bible or a science textbook. Even the band name
itself - "Lord Goth and the Darkness." And the title of their initial release,
a four track EP entitled Azrael Calls. The stench of limburger rose to
such heights that it choked the angels. Just how much of the story regarding
Lord Goth's demi-godness he considers true is unknown - nonetheless I spun it.
Hell, if Alice Cooper could call himself "Vincent Fuckface" onstage and claim
he's a different person
if Kiss can go through a gallon of white paint in
and if Lucid D can create a female alien puppet as their lead
singer, surely no trespasses may be made, regardless of the cheezy flavor,
against Lord Goth and his entourage.
The music on Azrael Calls is nothing
near what I expected. It is a metal style production, taking influence from
Ozzy Osborne, Iron Maiden and other 80s metallic fare. And frankly, it's quite
good. Upon the start of the nominal first track, Azrael Calls, I thought
of Ratt. I was actually kind of hesitant about reviewing this for Legends - the
music format is very different. But because it does have somewhat of a dark
mood and the name of the band begins with "Lord Goth," I figured what the hell.
Track 3, Smokescreen, has a James Hetfield (Metallica) vocal style with
Faith No More power-chord guitars throughout. The bass line is simple yet
powerful. The second track, Hymn of the Apocalypse, is a failed and
droning attempt to combine this same heavier glam-guitar style with
chant/spoken word vocalizations.
The bottom line? Lord Goth and his friend Darkness are a
metal band with influences from the harder side (Metallica, Iron Maiden, Ozzy,
Type O Negative) and from the lighter, glammier side (Ratt, Kiss, Alice Cooper)
with a strong dose of character play thrown in. The guitars are heavy yet
standard and, while it's good metal, it's nonetheless more metal. The
music format's off for a Legends review - but y'all know how much I enjoy