The Mission – Another Fall From Grace

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Eyes Wide Shut
Released: 2016
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Another-Fall-Grace-Mission/dp/B01JZU7GHA
Band Website: http://www.themissionuk.com/wp/

Band Line-up: pic

Wayne Hussey,
Simon Hinkler,
Craig Adams,
Mike Kelly

Tracklisting:

1 Another Fall From Grace
2 Met-Amor-Phosis
3 Within The Deepest Darkness (Fearful)
4 Blood On The Road
5 Can’t See The Ocean For The Rain
6 Tyranny Of Secrets
7 Never’s Longer Than Forever
8 Bullets & Bayonets
9 Valaam
10 Jade
11 Only You & You Alone
12 Phantom Pain

Review:

British goth veterans The Mission are back and brooding with their latest album ‘Another Fall From Grace’. Wayne Hussey says the latest release plugs the gap between his last album ‘First and Last and Always’ with Sisters of Mercy and The Mission’s ‘God’s Own Medicine’, but with the sheer stature of those two records, that statement may prove hard to live up to. Let’s see how it stands up against them.

As we can expect from The Mission, their iconic psychedelic guitar style has a strong presence along with Hussey’s anthemic vocals and song structures. At first listen the title track isn’t the best on the album, but then lead single and second track ‘Met-Amor-Phosis’ kicks of with a bang taking things up a notch, albeit sounding suspiciously similar to Sisters of Mercy – ‘Dominion/Mother Russia.’ Wayne and Andrew have been known for the putting of their middle fingers up at each other over the years, and this might be another case of that. The best sounding case of that yet! With mentions of a “new black star in the heavens tonight,” it sounds like the band have also paid tribute to the passing of Bowie on the track, which is a nice gesture.

The next couple of tracks flow steadily until the album’s next highlight comes in the form of ‘Tyranny’ of secrets. Here The Mission power up again and go into full flight in their classic style. This is one of those songs that matches Hussey’s description of being between ‘First and Last and Always’ and ‘God’s Own Medicine’. The next stand-out track is ‘Jade’ with it’s brooding structure and it’s epic, atmospheric feel.

I can definitely agree with the statement that the album’s sound is the lost link between ‘First and Last and Always’ and ‘God’s Own Medicine’, but I can’t say that it lives up to either of them. If you’re a Sisters or Mission fan, you’re sure to enjoy it. It has it’s moments, but don’t expect to be blown away completely.

By Jacob Ovington
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