Rating:
9.0
Voices Of Masada - Another Day
2006


01. Alive
02. Uncertain
03. Walk Away
04. Wondering
05. Looking Back
06. Reflections
07. Taken
08. Never Again
09. Years
10. Another Day


2006: UK
Genre: Gothic Rock
Label: Strobelight Records

Line-Up:
Vocals: Raymon Shah
Bass Guitar: Danny Tartaglia
Guitars: Rob Leydon


There are times you're longing for some new gothic rock stuff that will pay tribute to the legendary and influencial bands of the scene, without being copies though, having a personal air, enriching it with their influences and also bringing some fresh air to the scene, without sounding like an "archaelogical museum" coming straight from the 80s. One of these bands have to be Voices Of Masada without any shadow of doubt, a band that managed to release one of the best, if not the best, gothic rock releases of 2006, showing wholeheartedly that nothing's lost in this very scene that some consider as dead.

After a strong debut album, "Four Corners", the time arrived for the continuation of the legacy of these Brittish gothic rockers, "Another Day", an album that establishes them in the elite of the newer gothic rock bands around since they're showing their most mature face up to date, an album that manages to evoke the most sincere and most intense emotions within 10 pieces of heart-felt gothic rock. Raymon's vocals are an emotional apocalypse, his deep accent surrounds the listener in an utterly esoteric way, "imprisoning" him in the melody of his voice in the most beautifully devout and imposing way. The way his vocal lines dance to the sound of the sensational and doleful traditional gothic rock riffing and acoustic passages is a marriage many bands in the scene would long for. It requires charisma, in my opinion, to create some ground-shaking gothic rock and Voices Of Masada have achieved this. There where Raymon's vocals and Rob's guitar melodies dance a distressing waltz of bitterness the keyboard melodies enter and enrich the overall aesthetic of the band, making it more fragile and affected in the most emotional way. What is really remarkable is the fact that the bass lines never fail to make their apperance through the compositions and lend their pulse and groove and along with the well-set drum machine they hold tight the songs in the most representative way. As for the production? Just the ideal one for such a piece of great work, making the compositions sound the way they have to.

"Another Day" is an esoteric and melancholic album in which the members of the band pour themselves in order to offer something from the heart, something they indeed achieved, something for the fans to cherish and feel relieved in the end. Songs like the more upbeat yet intense "Years", "Looking Back" and "Another Day", the heart-rending "Walk Away", the dark and devout "Wondering" and the ecstatic and emotional "Reflections" will keep your soul operated for a long time.

In a time when the Sisters Of Mercy are in decomposition, Nosferatu are on the way back to the scene, the Fields Of The Nephilim came back after many years and The Mission are working on the big comeback after the really strong "Aura" a new band from the UK that would achieve some very important things and bring fresh air to the scene was needed, this band is Voices Of Masada and you have to check them if you're into gothic rock and gothic rock didn't die for you after the first half of the 90s.

"Stop the clock, turn back the time, start it all again..."

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Website: http://www.voices-of-masada.co.uk/


 



Written on 02.01.2007 by
DerRozzengarten
"It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."
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