VOICES – London by Jarod Lawley

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label Candlelight Records
Released: 2014
Buy Album [URL]: pre-orders coming soon
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/voiceslondon

Band line-up:

David Gray
Sam Loynes
Peter Benjamin
Dan Abela

Tracklisting:

1. Suicide Note
2. Music For The Recently Bereived
3. The ActressVoices- London
4. Vicarious Lover
5. Megan
6. Imaginary Sketches Of A Poisoned Man
7. The Antidote
8. Hourglass
9. The FuckTrance
10. The House Of Black Light
11. The Final Portrait Of The Artist
12. Last Train Victoria Line
13. The Ultimate Narcissist
14. Cold Harbour Lane

Review

“Dead London sighs dense anxiety out of black Westminster lungs, full of sickness.” This is Voices, and their reflection of the heart of Great Britain, and the heart of a grey, lonely soul, living in urban solitude. Following on from their debut of excellence, the explicitly titled, From The Human Forest Create A Fugue Of Imaginary Rain, this four-piece’s sophomore effort comes just over a year later, in the form of fourteen individual pieces of art which collectively make up the poignantly named full-length, London.

Opening with the beautiful acoustic work- “Suicide Note”, Peter Benjamin’s singing talents are displayed openly, as his voice proves to be emotive, gothic and natural. Alongside the rich guitar sounds, this first track proves to be one of the record’s most appealing, even after many listens. A harrowing story and auditory experience, moments of baritone beauty shine through amongst the blasting chaos of “Music For The Recently Bereaved”. The remains of Akercocke are still present, although I think it is obvious that the core of David Gray and Peter Benjamin have advanced far beyond the days of Antichrist (Akercocke- 2007.) The speedy talents of Mr. Gray are still impressive, but what proves even more interesting is the free-form and less traditionally styled displays of drumming that can be found on track five, “Megan.”

As the record progressives the atmosphere thickens and the whole things begins to feel more and more claustrophobic, and although “The FuckTrance” and “The House Of Black Light” could be written of a filler tracks, the anguish and intimate pain released on “Last Train Victoria Line” makes for what I see as one of the most interesting songs to be released in the extreme metal world for many years.

Although not as immediately striking as their debut, after several listens the pure expression of black art that can be found on this record is beyond impressive, and also innovative. Despite the lack of quality riffs, and the overly modern production- the emotional layering and deeply moving impression that the LP will leave you will speak for itself, and haunt you on your journey through the city of Dead London. Certainly worthy of your ears.

Review by Jarod Lawley
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