by Salvo Russo
01. My Wilderness
02. Love Decay (feat. Michelle Darkness)
04. Stronghold of Angels (feat. Doro
08. Two and a Heart
can’t escape from your deep Gothic soul.
It’s a modern dive in the past! I’m
playing on words to describe the new Liv Kristine album that is a
return to the roots of fashion Gothic
way or another it can’t but bring you back to the of mid 90’s
(Velvet Darkness They
Fear or Aegis Theatre of Tragedy albums to
clarify) even if the modern approach make it absolutely up to this
has an unique and sweet voice and this album still confirms how an
artist may go through different periods during his or her life!
After the previous more Pop-Rock oriented album “Libertine” and
other different releases in which Liv showed a real detachment from
Gothic, this album proves that you can’t escape from your deep
Gothic soul…if it really belongs to you!
After this long introduction, let’ say
start talking about this album;
The single “Love Decay”
is pure enchantment for gothic souls, those (like me) who grew up
listening to old Theatre of Tragedy! Liv avails herself of Michelle
Darkness collaboration (End Of
Green vocalist) and the song takes the
shape of a great gothic hit, in which the perfect combination of
Liv’s voice with Michelle create a suggestive mood into the gothic
essence of this song.
that is the opener , let us immediately realize that there’s a great
gothic mark in which some metal/rock riffs, 90’s style makes the
essence of this song; we could say the same things for what concern
the title track in which Liv releases a great and deep
interpretation, but the recipe remains the same!
It’s time for another great featuring!
“Stronghold of Angels”
gets the great participation of Doro Pesch,
the famous Hard Rock
singer! The duet is absolutely perfect…Liv is delicate and her style
is like an intense rub in the deep chord’s listener…Doro is a pure
Hard Rock female
singer, her “rough” style , can’t but release the perfect other side
of the coin…
“Hunters “ shuffles the cards and it’s
still another successful song in which Liv finds another decaying
refrain made by an “easy” and “usual” arrangement that still sounds
“Lotus” is a great gothic ballad that begins with a crying piano in
which Liv sings in a very extraordinary way, showing all her
experience to give emphasis to the song; it gets a great evolution
and becomes a pure “velvet” Rock/Metal
“Elucidation” seems to wink to modern electro Goth for what concern
the mood and refrain, even if the arrangement is free almost from
the usual modern electronic stuff.
a Heart” seems
to be taken from “Velvet Darkness
They Fear” and
it is nothing new, just a fair gothic song made up with the usual
want to underline the great decaying song “The Creeper”…even
it sounds similar to the previous, this one (for me) hits the mark
thanks to the great atmosphere released in which some simple
electronic loops supports the great gothic arrangement.
“Oblivious” is quite nice and decaying
and Liv doesn’t leave the classic structure song that seems the
theme of this album .
“Unbreakable” closes this album in a very
great way; it’s a touching acoustic ballad for piano, viola and
Unlike she did in the recent past, this album seems to be targeted
for Gothic style, but I’m sure there’s
nothing build on purpose;
evident that she was looking to give out her soul through deep
emotions, and the outcome is an album that sounds targeted for
Gothic fans, but if you look over this,
you can appreciate and be involved into her dreaming and pleasant
voice and some very good songs that in my opinion are simply
beautiful and deep!
Review by Salvo Russo