Love Division - Review
This band is formed by the trio of Marco, Angeline and Niko and hail from Chile.
This is the band's third studio album showcasing their excellent mix of gothic rock / metal with a mix of male and female vocals over a driving beat and grinding guitars. The album comes with a dozen powerful tracks that fans of these genres of music will really enjoy.
It all kicks off with the powerful piece "Love Division". This track has quickly become a favorite of mine and on our club mix radio show with it's excellent mix of male and siren-like female vocals. The moving beats are a solid back-drop for the mix of guitars and subtle electronics that bring out a dark, haunting style. This piece gives way to "Mistaken Love" which is another favorite piece and definite highlight from this album. Sticking with the overall similar style this has a lot more dynamic approach as each verse is subdued while the chorus picks up with an intensity that is built on solid vocals and punctuated with grinding guitars. Over the course of the album we get several more of these pieces with the intense moods and emotions portrayed through emotional vocals and lyrics, driven home by heavy beats and layered guitars. "Drops of Fire" follows as another favorite along these lines, while later on as the album comes to a close we're graced with a couple more stellar pieces that stand out with "The Omen" and "Die With Me".
With the solid opening and closing of the album there's also plenty of meat in the middle. For the most part everything is solid, a few of the pieces kind of get lost amongst some of these other pieces. However, it wouldn't be complete without a couple of the more subdued, mid-tempo ballad-like pieces. One that some might be familiar with is "No Dreams At Home" which the band has put together a video for. This piece moves along with somber moods accented by acoustic guitar and piano over a softer beat. Earlier in the album "Holy or Ghost" appears slightly softer and less intense than the rest of the album, but not quite a soft ballad. These pieces help to add a bit of variety to the overall moods and intensity of the album, making it more enjoyable to listen to from start to finish.
Overall this is a great album, something new for the pages and airwaves of gothic paradise that we've been enjoying here. I recommend it for those looking for a little more of a metal touch to the music, yet still remaining emotionally strong and melodic with the emotional mix of male and sweet female vocals. Enjoy!