This is a bit of an unusual album with almost every song bearing its own style, and in some cases, the styles change withing the songs.
The (female) singer reminded me of Grace Slick. This is because her strong voice can soften when needed, and she can adeptly ride through all manner of riffs, changing as needed.
The first song demonstrates her range quite well. When I first heard it, there was a phenomenon – the female essence caressing the receptors in my male brain, so-to-speak. Such smooth coursing of notes was easy to love, but these were often disrupted by sudden bursts of power. This woman can conjure up quite the scream. As I mentioned, this singer has several techniques, coloring the songs in many ways. Add to this the poetic lyrics that are clearly understood, delivered by a wizened voice – it is like hearing a soul bleed the words.
That experience was just the first song “Blood and the sand.” I’ll jump ahead to the last song, “Underdogs” and must inform you that the album is worth the price if it just contains these two songs. Of course, you get a lot more than that, but these two are the most savory.
“Underdogs” is superbly dynamic, riding emotional tones deftly, stitching together forms that ultimately create the feeling of a beginning seeing its end. The sense of a mad story finally resolving is quite a feat to experience.
As for the music, you must be warned that Madder Mortem is a band that has its own style, or should I state, MANY styles. Don’t go into this with any other expectation than to go into new territory that sometimes feels distantly familiar. Treat yourself to an adventure. When was the last time that you had to listen to an album for a few months in order to unlock its man aural secrets?
“Make from the ghosts that crowd my mind a single thing…..”