Nosferatu - "Lord Of the Flies"
By Michael Ventarola
Nosferatu is a band that has withstood many
trials and tribulations in their career up to now. This CD, their fifth among
six releases, comprises a newer venue that the band was trying to reach with
the addition of Rat Scabies on drums. Doc. Milton contributed to this release
as well having been a long time Nosferatu studio engineer/co-producer. This
band has been beset with lineup changes that may have confused some of the
fans, however, they are still with us, providing delicious dark music to fill
our macabre lives. It is nice to have Dominic singing the music he is meant to
sing after a brief departure on an earlier release. In case the reader is
wondering, I do own all of their music and cannot get enough of this band. The
lyrics to all of Nosferatu's music is available on their web site and it is a
Torturous opens with piano chords that kick start
with Rat Scabies' drumming and danceable guitar rhythm that is purely
intoxicating. It describes how "we all stand and face tomorrow, for too long
we've stood alone." A gothic anthem to strive beyond the darkness.
Ascension has a more heavy metal rock flavor. We
"overdose on darkness in the corridors of fire," while we see the angst of one
who reveals "she's my ascension, my slow suicide
chase tomorrow, till
there's nothing left inside." Dominic's reverbed vocals lend to the agony of
this cut very well.
The Tempest, a gentle cascade of sound and ocean
waves unfurls to electronic angelic choral backgrounds which wrap around the
lead vocals. We meet the poisonous lips of our affection in what is a dark love
Witching Hour's simple piano melody starts this tune
which rips open with a slash of guitar chord that pulls you from a reverie. A
slow percussive groove metronomically defies us to not get up and dance as it
ascends to an even faster rhythm. This song has one of the most tenacious
choral refrains, "Set your spirit free, come across the sky to me, give in to
insanity, the Witching Hour. Wait for me behind the door, I'll throw your body
to the floor, we will part no more, the Witching Hour."
The Gauntlet once again utilizes provocative lyrics,
"Living in tomorrow, died in yesterday, believe me when I say there's no where
I'd rather be. I'm on my knees, you're where I pray, I'm on the floor tonight,
I've had it all. When you're laying down I love to watch you crawl." This is a
mid -tempo song given yet again a harder rock edge.
Six Feet Below is a testament to the thin line
between love and hate. The dreaded reality moodily opens where we confront
desire leading to despair. Our love leads us to wish the object of our
affection dead and six feet under after being lied to.
Darkness Brings angelically and ethereally opens with
a wisp of wind effect and minor piano chords. Once again, the band pulls you
from a reverie with maddening drumming and guitar chords to dance us on the
edge of darkness. We are asked, "Have you lost the will to save your soul,
believe in the dreams that you were sold?" The song is honest, reflecting upon
what we have been taught to believe about the world around us and the reality
of what we experience.
Lord Of The Flies utilizes "spooky" chords with
appropriately placed bass notes and pompous orchestral weaving for added
dramatic tension. The song is mostly instrumental with a brief lyric line,
"With the face of angels. He is the Lord
the Lord of he Flies."
Nosferatu, with an image of lace and velvet, remains on the
forefront of the gothic underground. The band takes human emotions and blends
the most poetic and macabre tones around them to delight us in an almost
theatrical production to our own nightmares. This CD is a bit more hard edged
than the previous works and my only complaint is that at times the vocals were
somewhat hidden by heavy guitar work. All these cuts could be ably put on a DJ
play list for a gothic dance club. Nosferatu cannot be compared to any other
band, in my opinion, as they have their own sound and originality that some may
try to misappropriate. If you like your gothic rock with a heavy beat and
skillful, ghoulish lyrics, then this is a band to seek out.
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