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CD Review : Dark Princess – The World I’ve Lost
The World I’ve Lost
Out of Line
Returning with their first album since ‘Stop My Heart’ was a surprise hit 6 years ago, Russia’s DARK PRINCESS are aiming to raise the bar they set for themselves.
Compared to many other Gothic-Metal acts, Dark Princess lack the bombastic and dynamic production, but that shifts the focus. This isn’t an album to blow you away.
Tracks like ‘Everlasting Pain’ and ‘We Can Not Fly So High’ shows they’ve a knack for catchy pop songs. You’re nodding along and humming it afterwards. Job done.
Of course, as well as catchy pop-tracks (with a side serving of guitars) they’re also a dab-hand at ballads. Creating great atmosphere with minimalistic arrangements, to focus mainly on the harmonic vocals of Natalia.
The weapon here is the voice of Natalia. The most successful acts in this genre need a good voice. There are many, many acts that put in a vocalist who is just not up to the job and it voids their output. Seriously, putting a hot chick in the front of the band is not enough; she actually needs to be able to sing… (and looks aren’t that important anyway…)
Although a strong and interesting album, it neither sucks you in or blows you away. Some tracks could do with the big production and some could do with a sprinkle of enchantment. Most certainly, it is a competent album that sets off a warning signal that they could one day be one of the big players in the scene.