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Released: 2003, Beyond
Seems like here at Metal-Rules.com I am the resident Gothic Metal review guy. Maybe it is just me but every gothic type CD that comes through our door ends up in my hands. Which is a good thing for the most part but if there is one thing I have learned is that Gothic Metal is a pretty strange, twisted and diverse genre. Sometimes sweet, invariably depressing and on occasion even brutal, the genre is pretty wide open. Drastique is the latest disc from this genre to cross my desk. The band was formerly known as Drastic and PLEASURELIGION is their first release since their 1998 CD THIEVES OF KISSES. The main man behind Drastique is Chris “One Soul Inferno” Buchman whose first demo called CREATOR OF FEELINGS was named best demo by Metal Hammer in 1995. In 1998 Drastic released their first full length on Beyond Productions. It took another 5 years but Buchman is back with a new lineup, which includes Fay and Mahavira.
Nude models on album covers grab attention and the cover of PLEASURELIGION did just that. The cover of the CD is graced with a very curvaceous blonde holding a skull so of course my interest in the CD was piqued. The disc itself contains 6 songs written by Buchman and a cover of the song “Maria Magdalena” by Sandra. The songs range from the double bass heavy “5enses” where Fay and Mahavira trade vocal lines to “Legacy of Fascination” where the galloping guitar lines swirl with the keyboards and mix with Fay and Mahavira with the latter alternating between a clean voice and a blackened screech. “Immortal Beloved” is a mixture if Italian and English vocals and what starts off as melancholy take turns into one of the more crushing tracks on the disc.
Gothic Metal is a genre that has exploded in the past few years with bands like Sins of Thy Beloved, Tristania and Lacuna Coil gaining a fair amount of popularity with many more bands coming on their heels creating some great music. Drastique leaves me with the feeling that they have a great album in them but they have not quite gotten there yet. The songs themselves just didn’t grab me like I feel that songs in this genre should. They just didn’t seem to have the emotion that I was expecting. Maybe that is a by-product of having new members in the band but I am not sure. I do look forward to hearing what Drastique can do in the future.
2. The Succubus
3. Legacy of Fascination
4. Perfect Nothing
5. Maria Magdalena
6. Immortal Beloved
7. Voyage Dans La Femme
Chris “One-Soul-Inferno” Buchman - Pleasurhymes & Guitarapture, Rhythmalice & Sin-thesizers
Fay - Temptress in Black
Mahavira - Thundering Echoes of Silence
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