Midnight Creatures is a two man gothic/metal rock band from Australia with Jordan Von Grae on vocals and Lachlan Blackwood bringing the guitars and programming. Together they have brought their first born offering to the table on the form of an E.P. called I.
This is a 3 track E.P. and the first track is “Hope and Faith” with a strong piano and guitar sound. Waiting for love to be returned when given. Though as we all know that this never always the case. Heavy on the symphonic gothic guitar sound on this number.
“Daylight” starts and continues with a solo piano and in some ways this reminds me of Muse and could be the whimsical way it is sung. A song of love lost and a female remembered by the way she moved in the daylight.
This could be a tribute to Valo and HIM from the Love Metal period, “Salt of My Earth”. This is in no way a bad thing as this ode to woman being his part of his existence, is very sweet and romantic in that dark and not gooey way goths do.
So a three part ode to love. Waiting for requited love, memories of love lost and bound to a great love. What more could you want? You can most definitely hear the influence of HIM and Von Grae‘s vocals do remind me a bit of Muse‘s lead singer, though Jordan‘s voice rings clearer I feel and not so nasal. Lachlan Blackwood also does a great job on guitar.
These two lads seem to be stuck in the gothic romantic era and if Lord Byron had been a gothic rocker, he would have joined them. Do check them out on Bandcamp.
One of the wonderful things about music and especially gothic music has always been that it was inclusive of any nationality and language has never been a barrier.
La Procesión de lo Infinito (The Procession of the Infinite) are an Egyptian influenced Goth Rock band hailing from Columbia and singing in their native tongue of Spanish.
Let us check out the single off the their debut album release called “La Tumba de los Dioses” which translates into English as “The Tomb of the Gods”.
From the beginning you have that lovely guitar sound that is a throwback to an older era of gothic rock and it is sepentine in a writhing way. It is clear and rings out reminicent of bands such as The Wake or Nosferatu.
The female lead has quite a low timbre of voice which is quite seducitive, especially in Spanish. This duo do share the singing duties but she is the definitely the centre of attraction. She reminds me of Eva O in her prime vocally.
This is new music but you can hear all the old school gothic influences, particularly from the late 80’s and early 90’s when there was a renaissance of sorts, which warms my heart somewhat. This isn’t boring either because there is nothing like listening to a gothic band and thinking, gosh what did I just listen to as I fell asleep…..
After listening to the single, I will be checking out the album to see what other delights await my ears. Do check out La Procesión de lo Infinito in “La Tumba de los Dioses”.