Voices of Masada have done away with the drumcomputer. Their previous album "Four Corners" didn't include live drumming, but this time the percussion is real. A good move, because the delicacy of "Another Day" deserves something more sensitive. Symphonic goth-rock could be the right description of the style of this London based band. They don't sound as wild and punk as many other goth-rock bands, transparency and elegance are nouns that suit the band better. Raymon Shah (vocals), Danny Tartaglia (bass) and Rob Leydon (guitars) play a tight piece of music. Raymon's way of singing is resolute and powerful, but when needed he is capable of throwing in more tenderness. He has a distinct voice, somewhat remiscent of that of Fields of the Nephilim's Carl McCoy. The opener "Alive" has a smooth intro but when the chorus kicks in the guitars get a lot firmer. The dynamic drums and the serene synths form an interesting combination. And there is some room for a guitar solo. Voices of Masada tend to make songs with varied passages, something which is clearly heard on tracks like "Uncertain", "Wondering" and "Taken". Light, shimmering guitars dominate on "Walk away". The simple, steadfast drums and cascading synths compliment in a graceful way. Raymon's voice draws your attention, you can't escape his defiant stance. All kinds of riffs appear on "Looking back", Voices of Masade are clearly a guitar band. Rob Leydon is a talented player, no doubt. "Reflections" is a song with a lot of memorable melodies, Voices of Masada have a keen eye for harmonic structures. "Taken" is probably the most 'goth' track of the album. The bleak, slowly floating synths and the subtle cresendos give it a dark, menacing tone. Raymon is on the forefront on the goth-ballad "Never again". The firmer "Years" has it's potential on the dancefloor, probably even among metalheads. The title track closes the album. Once again the band shows it's preference for elongated, cultivated compositions. This is no 'Hee ho, let's go' kind of goth-rock, but something to listen to. Voices of Masada have an accessible style of playing, altough some might find it a bit too dreary. If you are looking for some finespun, subtle dark rock Voices of Masada will please you.

Band: Voices Of Masada(int)
Label: Strobelight Records
Genre: gothic (gothic rock / (dark)wave / postpunk / batcave)
Type: cd
Grade: 7.5
Review by: Nightporter