MICK MERCER

VOODOO CHURCH
UNHOLY BURIAL

Strobelight Records

When I first carried the press release earlier this year about their return I figured it meant a cause for celebration all round, but the reality of this record is something different, as they create a bleak, wooden sound that has many Horror Rock attributes, minus the sense of active energy essential to Deathrock, with no real conviction or tangible treats.

A short album, with twelve songs averaging there songs each, they have one unusual thing working for them, which is their desire to mainly deal with slow songs. If their drummer works up a sweat in isn’t in the studio, and the guitar is rarely vicious, but they flicker instead behind the vocal doldrums of Tina Winter, who is actually remarkable in that she sounds American. (Most American Goth-like singers don’t, which is weird.) Her voice also makes me think of this band as a less interesting Legal Weapon.

From the vaguely eerie opener ‘Unholy’ and the limping ‘Who’s Faulty’ with its saving bass grace, this isn’t an eventful record. Most of the songs just drift in and then depart. ‘Ragged Souls’ spews out me mini-rage but the vocals aren’t carrying sufficient power to knock you back, and the main sin is that with slow songs requiring lyrical impact, their lyrics are simply never distinctive.

They have their kitsch moments, and for the sort of Vampy fan who like their Goth spooktastic maybe this would be a good pick as it has all the hallmarks of cliché and reminds me of Action Pact, minus their irreverence, and I can only point to the strangely brief ‘May I’ and its perilous nursery rhyme approach as being a standout. The rest is a waste of time, and I’m shocked to see it on Strobelight.

http://www.voodoo-church.com
http://www.strobelight-records.com