Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Beryl Beloved - Count The Days (2012)

Beryl  Beloved
Count The Days
Beryl Beloved 

Some days ago, Oskar Terramortis told me about this band and he described this one as: “Christian Death meets Bauhaus” and I totally agree. This is a fusion of the Gothic Rock and the Death Rock sounds, properly executed by really good musicians. I will add some other influences that came to my mind while listening to this record, but at the end they have developed a very interesting style. They have their own personality and they are easy to identify. Beryl Bacavis is on lead guitar and vocals, and he is the composer of all the songs in this album. He is accompanied by Hands Without a Face (bass), and The Mechanical Hound (Drums).

The album starts in such a great way with “Walls”. It has sharp guitars with driving riffs, strong bass lines, and the drums came with that mid tempo (but overwhelming) rhythm. The voice is one of the distinctive features of the band. “Prey” begins with honest old-school Death Rock feeling. This track has a very special energy. ”Ethyl Carbamate” has acoustic sound; and the voice will make you think in some playful Peter Murphy in his days with Bauhaus, doing magic all around.”Asleep”, is closer to the modern Death Rock style with those guitar riffs.”The Profiteer” shows the influence of Christian Death’s Rikk Agnew. Mid-tempo track with great melody and it’s finely built. “Count the days” has great rhythm and some raw sound, the energy goes in crescendo and has a climactic moment in the chorus.”Those wasted years” is definitely influenced by The Bolshoi, this acoustic track is really enjoyable.”Maybe (It’s love that frightens me)”, the title says it all: A love song in the style of Beryl Beloved, with intensity and feeling.”Open Hands” is Gothic Rock, a non-stop force from the beginning to the end. The band sounds very inspired. The final track, “Depart”; is such an elaborated and surrounding instrumental piece. This one could be part of some movie score.

Beryl Beloved has developed their own-unique style. They have some clear influences, but at the end; they don’t sound like some alumni of one of the great names of the scene. This record is quite good and it has variety, great songs, and is such an interesting discovery. Gothic Rock enthusiasts looking for new bands with refreshing sound and great energy: be welcome!