Sep 2011 08

Atomic Neon - Change
Atomic Neon
Category: Goth
Album: Change
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: An album the mimics the sound of classic coldwave gothic rock, but none of the passion.

 

The second album from Essen, Germany’s Atomic Neon, Change channels many of the group’s obvious gothic rock influences into an amalgamated package of gloom. Unfortunately though, during the forging process something has been lost and though it is clear what Atomic Neon was trying to do, the end result just feels like a pale and lifeless imitation of many classic acts.

The most immediate and distracting influence that jumps out is the singer’s style, which sounds like a slightly tone deaf Robert Smith with the opening tracks recreating a rough feel of the Bloodflowers era Cure, but hitting the sound of older albums such as Seventeen Seconds and Faith later on. With “Change,” the Robert Smith vocal style is given a rest and instead more of a Rozz Williams style is used on this track making it completely feel like a dropped song from Christian Death’s Catastrophe Ballet. The Cure impersonation session continues with “She” and runs for the rest of the length of the album, but unlike The Cure, the music lacks the strong hooks, bass lines, or harmonies that made the progenitors of their sound legendary. Atomic Neon does manage a nice moody feel and hits some nice points with “My Cry of Pain” and “Alone,” but their lack of originality severely hurts the album.

Change is a well produced and capable album, but is horribly crippled by the unavoidable comparisons to established acts and a lack of anything memorable or uniquely identifiable. Sounding as they do, Atomic Neon seems to relish basking in the glory of others and though they desperately try to maintain this guise of the classics, they are only hazy shadow of greater things that have come before them.

Track list:

  1. Alien
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  4. She
  5. Welt Ohne Farbe
  6. BoOom
  7. My Cry of Pain
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  9. I Hate My Love
  10. Last Light
  11. I Am Black
  12. Without You
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Atomic Neon Website http://www.atomic-neon.de
Atomic Neon MySpace http://www.myspace.com/atomicneon
Atomic Neon Facebook http://www.facebook.com/atomicneon
Atomic Neon Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/atomic_neon
Atomic Neon ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/atomicneon
Black Rain Records Website http://www.blackrain.de
Black Rain Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/blackraind
Black Rain Records Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Rain-media-group-GmbH/178915337013
Black Rain Records Twitter http://twitter.com/blackrainde

Purchase at…
Amazon CD
Amazon MP3

2011-02-11

Trubie Turner (Flexei)

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