"Mothernight" (Locomotive; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Poland's Mothernight took elements from Goth, classic rock, metal and industrial and used them to create the music on this self-titled CD. The end result is a record that probably sounds most like Goth, with haunting female vocals, slow tempos (for the most part) and impressively crisp, clear production.

Although vocalist Freya keeps thing interesting throughout with her strong vocals (sounding like a cross between Pat Benatar and Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia), the slow pacing here does become a little tedious after awhile, with things only really speeding up toward the end with "Don't Wanna Listen" and "Infect Your Soul." It's not that any particular song's tempo is too slow; it's just that ... with song after song featuring that slow-paced rhythm ... it does begin to wear on the soul a little. Taken separately, each song is rather effective, with driving guitars and, again, Freya's irresistible voice being the highlight.

Imagine a band with a sound that falls somewhere between Type O Negative and Lacuna Coil and you'll get a general idea of what Mothernight accomplishes here.

Mothernight:  Deimos - guitar; Gabriel - bass; Berith - drums; Freya - vocals.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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