THE PROVENANCE: "How would you like to be spat at" the provenance
reviews by Matthew Haumschild and Salvo Russo
by Matthew "Newbreed99" Haumschild___
would have to start out by saying that Provenance is a very unusual
band. They are hard to compare to
any specific band. This band is pretty much all over the place in their
songs. What I mean is that it has structure, but it doesn’t and is
does in the same vein like Jazz. Provenance is great for just laying in
bed staring at the wall thinking about well…the darker points of life.
Although, these guys have been, interestingly, categorized as a twist
between Anathema and The Gathering however, personally I would give them
a cross between Candiria and Paradise Lost.
In some songs, Tobias would sing and in other
songs it would be just Emma. Never
once do they growl or get aggressive with their vocals. This whole album
is very gothic. That it is the best way to describe them,
I ask the question ‘what is gothic?” but the only response I can
come up with is, “You know pornography when you see it, but it is hard
to describe.” I can’t tell you specific why this group sounds
Gothic, they just are. Songs like Heroine
and Going Down
give off this inner city, dark, disparity-type-dwell that is at the very
heart of gothic. These guys (and gal) are the real deal, no doubt about
To Get By is just as
gloomy as it’s predecessors, very dark and very slow. One could feed
off the depressive vibe this band has perfected to portray. Some of the
other tracks like About
A Whore, About A Kill,
start out rocking, then slow down just a little, Emma comes in with her
ice-queen like vocals which sound soothing yet hard hitting, and the
song turns extremely dark and heavy at the same time. Can’t
get anymore gothic than this.
The production quality of this album was done
to complete perfection. Personally, I don’t think anyone could have
done a better job. The mix was very well, although the guitars were a
little fuzzy as was the kick-drum, but other than my usual knit-picking
of the mix and the sound it self, I thought this album was brilliant.
The drums were at a perfect level as were the vocals and every other
instrument. I am still amazed at the vocal sound they got on Emma. Roberto
Laghi demonstrated that he is an excellent engineer with this album;
watch out for this guy on CD’s because this is a true mark of great
sound quality and mixing.
|by Salvo "Lovedeath" Russo____|
very particular proposal arrives from this band
I don't appreciate the arrangements at all, and also the production is not at the top even if I can say that it's not bad; The sound takes inspirations from the latest The Gathering album, and there's no trance of power distortions, they prefer to have a sound nearer to alternative rock, thought the music is completely different.
is not melodic Goth , and every song is full of
sufferance and anxiety......I notice many
psychedelic influences; "Heroine" is a very successful
song that seem to remind of the Gathering and latest Anathema with a
personal touch; A very elaborated composition .......
Black atmosphere in the next "Catching
scarlet in the sun" that gets a very psychedelic-black
mood in which I notice the good Emma's vocals that
gives an angelic touch to this song.
Great passion in the next "How would you like to be spat at"....in which it’s evident the search of a personal style not only with the arrangement but also with a very claustrophobic atmosphere created with chords!
little boring song "Some gossip on
stealing a spouse" while I can't but appreciate the
horror and psychedelic atmosphere of "Going
down " in which the band shows how to create an original
song with a very amazing mood; Trances of Dimmu Borgir in the beginning
of the next song in which the band shows its macabre attitude!
The track n°8 and n°9 seem to remind of the latest The Gathering compositions....two good songs that I'm sure could be more than interesting for all The Gathering fans....
I don't like the experimental psychedelic-doom of "Speeding to get by"...in which the band is not able to create the atmosphere realized in many songs of this album.
the whole....this is a good and original cd that could interesting all
those who like to listen something different from the usual proposals
and I'm sure this band could be an interesting one for the future.
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