Others - Under the Sunset
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Audio CD, February 19, 2009
Binghamton NY's gothic metalers return with a Concept album. Under the Sunset
tells the tormented story of a man who falls in love with a seductive vampiress and the ensuing sorrow that befalls him. He must learn to 'live' with his new macabre, bloodthirsting transformation and the evevitable betrayal of his love and maker. 19 tracks including the songs, "Blood Tie", To Walk... Undead", "Til the Mourning Comes", "Lavender Skies", "Eternity" & "Under the Sunset"
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Others- Under the Sunset CD Review
I was lucky enough to get a copy of the forthcoming Others album "Under the Sunset". Now if you read my Others "Garden of Rage" and "Suffer My Love" review (if you haven't please do!) you will recall my raving about Mistress Jessica's vocals. While she does make an appearance on a few tracks on this album, guitarist Mark Dickinson has taken over the majority of the vocal duties. Mark has a fine deep voice with a rough quality to it that definately adds a frightful atmosphere to the terrifying plot that unfolds in
Under the Sunset.
The first thing I should probably tell you about "Under the Sunset" is that the album tells the story of a man who falls in love with a vampire and the torment it causes. "Under the Sunset" has a lot in common with the previous Others material I have heard. Musically the the guitar is still very heavy and entwined with a dose of creepy gothic keyboard. That is not say this album isn't treading new ground, "Under the Sunset" really utilizes the keyboards here and creates a thick foggy atmosphere that allows you to get lost in the romanticism and horror of this love story. The contrast of Jessica and Mark's vocals is fabulous. Mistress Jessica's vocals provide the slow sweet seduction and Mark's make us feel the tragedy, pain and anger of it all.
All of the songs here are essential parts of the story, and several of them really surprised me in the twists and turns they guided me through both musically and in terms of the story told. The very first track, "The Fallen", left me in total shock. This song is sparce and mid-tempo with twisting crystal sounding guitars that seem to forbid us from entering this tale. In contrast "She" is an enchanting faster number that sucks us in with rhythmic fuzzed out guitars as our protagonist asks the vampire to reveal her true self. The answer is terrible and beautifully answered in the next track, "I Am (Angel of Decay), by Mistress Jessica. The story comes to a peak in "Til the Mourning Comes" where the Mistress whispers us to sleep with the pain that comes as life fades, and death transforms. "Devil's Due" is another surprising track. This one comes off as a traditional but menacing folk song with tinges of heavy wavering guitar. "Lavender Skies" is another slow beautiful song that is an emotional pinnacle in both song and story. The lead guitar by guest Chris Scott is just plain heart breaking as Mark's vocals shine with hurt and confusion as the change isn't exactly what we thought it would be. This is when the real horror and terror comes in. There is plenty more wonderful music and story to "Under the Sunset" but I am afraid I will give away to much.
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