- Audio CD (November 24, 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Cleopatra
- ASIN: B00000FCBN
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Reviewed by: Mike Ventarola
This reviewer admits to having first been stunned by their work which was included on the Cleopatra 4 CD Goth Box that was popular a couple of years ago. From that point, it became a mission to collect their work as much as possible.
Some of Mephisto's earlier works also included German lyrics, which to some novices can be a bit daunting. The tracks on Immersion are sung in English, which may or may not detract from their European legion of fans, however it is and always will be the great mood, tone and sound accompanied by Christianna's delicious vocals which will draw in fans, old and new alike. Even if one were not aware of Bari-Bari's connection with the band Christian Death, this work he has created remains a true testament to the wealth and brilliance of the artistry that is frequently lacking in the underground.
On some levels this current recording is a nod towards the darker days of New Wave as it was hybridizing its roots with the post punk scene and evolving to become the "goth" sound. Reverberation of vocals and instruments often gives the feeling of being in a darkened club, so essentially they have managed to capture a goth club feeling without the listener ever needing to leave their living room. It is not every band that is able to take the nightclub feeling and deliver it on a recording, however Mephisto Walz manages to convey this flawlessly with each recording. Needless to say, it is often an oasis of musical water to the ears to listen to this at work when one is surrounded by abysmal light FM radio admirers. At least by listening to this wondrous CD, I can allow my mind to hearken back to the last club experience or look forward to the next one in order to get through the day.Read more ›
Christianna Leonard still writes good, solid lyrics with a lot of mytholgical references and nature imagery. She's on key, and she keeps her vocals firmly in the mid-range, like a less dynamic Monica Richards (Faith and The Muse).
Is "Immersion" a theme album? The similarity of beat and rhythm among the songs suggests so, but it could just be writer's block.
The mixing is not well done. (Perhaps it was harder to finance recording with two members absent.) The vocals, guitars and drums are all right at the same level; this gives the songs an unintentionally "flat" sound. The songs share pretty much the same beat, structure and melodies. It's competent, but less inspired than earlier releases. As another reviewer noted, the "reading" of some lyrics is a distraction.
There are high points. "Age of Nothing" has a little snarl to it. "The Tyger" sets a good darkwave mood, and is a reminder that Christianna is pretty well-read. "Ode to The West Wind" has more minor chord drama than the ten songs before, so it's a good finale.
Again, not a bad album - just not their best. I have high hopes for the next one.
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Mephisto Walz is one of my very favorite Gothic bands, and I have been a Goth since the 1980's. I love the singer's lovely ethereal voice, and she is well-read as... Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by Azazel
This is good music to anyone who loves SS but I like this even more. The tracks are weird and sicko, like SS's songs too, but in a different way. Read morePublished on August 30, 2001 by jackofsometrades