English ex-black and death metallers, recent goths/post-punkers Voices from London; has just released their 3rd full-length album “Frightened”. They are relatively a new band even though their current genre has its roots back in the 80s. They have defined their genre on their Facebook page as “A whirlwind of psychedelic melancholia and psychotic blast”.
They first released their debut album “Voices from the Human Forest Create a Fugue of Imaginary Rain” (phew!) ın 2013. It was an extreme death metal album mostly but with some proggy experimental touches. Their second album “London” came out a year later. To me, it sounded as shrieky vocals with black metal riffs. With somber song titles like “Music for the Recently Bereaved”, it already winked towards the following gothicness proven with the latest album “Frightened”.
“Frightened” is stated by the band to be inspired by the leading names of the 80s post-punk scene; Bauhaus and Joy Division. I am thinking they meant it for their sound. Yes, their sound in “Frightened” is very post-punky but I’m also seeing it has nothing to do with The Cure. I am more convinced that they have this Killing Joke vibe. It’s much more freaky, and it definitely belongs to the underground not the mainstream. And I’m saying this as a compliment. Voices, in no way, can be classified as popular or mainstream.
Its a music for ghouls and lost souls. It’s entertaining at times but creepiness is prevalent at all times and I’m loving it as a big Bauhaus and Siouxsie fan. I love the fact that the band is not narrow-minded in their ways of searching for new vibes. Sometimes it is proggy, at times it’s shrieky and sometimes you feel like Glenn Danzig is the guest vocalist with way spookier vocals as can be heard in the track “Rabbits Curse”. So it’s a hell of a blend for a post-punk and prog-rock fans. It might even have been a cult album if the band existed in the early 80’s. If you would like to lend an ear to an eclectic and a quite renovative sound in rock, definitely check Voices out!
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