The Black Queen
Release Date: 4 March 2016
Review by Matt Bolton
2016 has already seen some great side projects this year with the likes of Nevermen featuring Mike Patton, someone who Greg Puciato clones at times using the same singing style when fronting The Dillinger Escape Plan, who he is better known for.
Here Greg takes on a completely different genre with Electro. Joshua Eustis, leads the way, having a lengthy resume when it comes to electro, being a former member of industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails and Puscifer. And currently fronting his own solo project Sons of Magdalene. Steven Alexander former tech for both DEP and NIN also joins the group however the fact that he was also the tech for Kesha shows the man is no stranger when it comes to Pop Music.
I love the 80’s electro-synth arrangements of the record, particularly with all instrumental intro and build up to album opener; Ice to Never. When it comes to the chorus, Greg’s vocals could very well be something you heard on the radio. It has a very pop feel, I found it to be a bit cheesy. The next track The End Where We Start; is an improvement and a highlight for me. Catchy but nowhere near as cheesy. The use of guitar in the song is also a breath of fresh air.
If you were expecting anything like Chino Moreno’s excellent Crosses who bring some screams and distortion to the mix you won’t find any here. Secret Scream could be a pop song you heard on the radio alongside Maroon 5. Distanced is another highlight and two back to back tracks save the album for me being both, That Death Cannot Touch and Taman Shud, which provide some interesting synth arrangements.
It’s worth a listen, you may just dig it and have a dance to it. I found it to be a little too poppy. I’ll stick to my Skinny Puppy and if I want to hear some 80’s electronica and I’ll always have my Depeche Mode.