|Velvetcut - Thirteen
01. Lady Solitude
02. Everyone To Please
03. Room Of Our Existence
04. Comfortable Silences
05. The Chase
07. Where Love Has No Name
08. The Resident
09. Blow Out The Flame
10. Go Away
Atmoshperic Gothic Rock
Label: Firebox Records
Distribution in France, and to buy the album => http://www.thundering-records.com
Line-Up on the CD:
Vocals, guitars: Tomi
Recorded and mixed by Mikko Herranen
Drums on tracks 3, 5 and 7 recorded by Sami Jormanainen
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers
Produced by Mikko Herranen
Music and lyrics by Tomi Asuintupa
Arrangements by Velvetcut & Mikko Herranen
Covers by Jorma Korhonen
Juuli Ilmonen — Cello
Mikko Herranen — Piano
Mikko Herranen & Katariina Wiio — Backing vocals
Mikko Herranen — Bass on tracks 1, 2, 6 and 9
When I read how this Finnish outfit defined their sound I was excited to hear the album. And you can't blame me, "deep, atmospheric Rock" sounds pretty good, but sadly, the reality is other, it seems that deep, atmospheric rock is equal to washed-up Gothic songs with radio-friendly arrangements and mainstream aspirations.
This was quite predictable I think, with all the bands spawning from Finland, it was a matter of time to witness more mainstream-oriented bands trying to make it, the strange thing is that this one is signed to the ever-doomy Firebox Records.
Try to think of Entwine, HIM and 69 Eyes, and try to imagine these bands American rock-oriented arrangements, less melancholy and catchy (yet uninspired) passages. That's what you'll get with this release. While not all parts are that bland and sometimes the band injects some heaviness, the result is always the same: a failed attempt to make Gothic Metal sound more mainstream.
Unless you enjoy mainstream Rock once in a while, I recommend to avoid this one. The album lacks heaviness and originality and certainly isn't a great addition to your ever-growing Metal collection.