[schema type=”review” name=”The Cascades – Phoenix” description=”Label: Echozone” author=”Sabine van Gameren” pubdate=”2018-10-31″ ]The Cascades is a Goth Rock formation with quite some years on the counter. Musically you can think of other names like The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and The 69 Eyes to form an image if you have not heard the guys before. The released their album “Phoenix” this year.
Well, 30 years ain’t nothing, it sets them right back to the era this music flourished, while it never really left us the band is now giving us a record with experience. The band is solid and knows exactly what they want to bring, which is pleasant to listen to. Regardless the reference made above they have enough of their own to put into the sound which we appreciate as well.
Songs like titletrack “Phoenix” or starter “Avalanche are giving you quite the essence of this band. Strong tracks that transfers your own livingroom to that dark goth club atmosphere where you dance while watching the band live.
German lyrics are in some songs. “Ihr Werdet Sein” has a bit of a different vibe. For their German audience a win, for German speakers it is to follow as well, but those who can’t speak it may have diffuculties relating to it. Luckily for them their are plenty other songs to enjoy.
What caused a bit of an internal struggle was their cover “Diane” which was so beautifully performed by Therapy? before. They made a gothic version out of it and maybe it is because I adore Therapy?s version of it so much, this one does not seem to have the same sort of strength.
Altogether “Phoenix” is an excellent album which will be of joy of fans of the genre. The Cascades fit right in the names mentioned before and yet gives their own face to it as well.
M. W. Wild – Vocals
Morientes daSilva – Guitars
Markus Müller – Keyboards / Programming
02. Blood Is Thicker Than Blondes
03. Dark Daughter’s Diary
04. Phase 4
05. Station No E
07. Behind The Curtain
08. This World Is Yours
10. Ihr Werdet Sein
11. Zeros & Ones
12. Diane Featuring [Feat.] – Esther K. Widmann
13. Für F