Sundown - _Design 19_
(Century Media, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (
It would only seem fitting that after such a brilliant end to his career with the now defunct Cemetary (both _Sundown_ and _Last Confessions_ LPs) that singer/lyricist/guitarist Mathias Lodmalm would have some creative energy still in the waiting. Well, with the leap to another label (from Black Mark to Century Media) and a name change (to Sundown), along the way the creativity seems to have been dealt at half-throttle. It would seem that more attention in getting a record out as fast as possible was more on the drawing board than generating substance in the music. Not only is _Design 19_ a boring, below standard record, there are but a few songs that I can honestly say impressed me - the ones to note are: "19", "Voyager", and "Don't Like to Live Today". I haven't written this band off yet, as Lodmalm is a talented artist/musician who helped sculpt the sounds of Cemetary over numerous releases. I've got mixed feelings about this one, but waiting to deliver my final verdict on Sundown, come album number two.
(article published 8/12/1997)
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