Crowhead - _Frozen_
(My Kingdom Music, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (5.5 out of 10)
It seems to be a very popular thing nowadays: mixing gothic with poppy danceable elements, creating something commercially safe for the young impressionable goth-heads, EBMers and new wavers. Some bands are easily forgiven for it: Funker Vogt have made it their trademark, Peter Tagtgren's Pain does it with such style and grace that it's a pleasure to listen to, and Misery Loves Co's swansong _Your Vision Was Never Mine to Share_ never received the credit it deserved. Crowhead, on the other side, lack the genius and instead present us with cheesy song structures, horribly sentimental vocals and cliché keyboards. Only at the end of _Frozen_ do we see some guts with the usage of harsher electronics and a sinister atmosphere, but by then it's too late to save the album from going under. True gothic/electro lovers will be much better off with Apoptygma Berzerk, Pain or VNV Nation. A word of consolation for Crowhead: my goth girlfriend does seem to like this album. Figures...


(article published 23/6/2003)

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