Afmusic (Release date – Out Now)
Goth rock is never the happiest of genres and Red Sun Revival are most definitely not out to alter that fact. Formed by frontman Rob Leydon this is the band’s first release and it is a gloomy affair. As well as the usual rock band instruments the band have a full time violinist in the shape of Christina Emery to add atmosphere to each track. Opening track ‘My Child’ sets the stall out early with a layered instrumental backing overlaid with Leydon’s vocals which aren’t great but suit the mood. The songs contain shades of Bauhaus and Depeche Mode and are all well constructed with some edging into pop territory, title track ‘ Running From The Dawn’ being one of them.
Goth rock is not something I would listen to for relaxation, but after a couple of listens I had to concede that this record is actually quite good. One thing it does have going for it is that the album mastering was carried out by Andy Jackson who produced Floyd’s ‘Division Bell’ album and he has done a stunning job on the final mix.
Overall then this is a decent album which is sonically fantastic, it is worth a listen just for the production. It won’t however be receiving repeated plays in my household as it is just too damn downbeat for my liking, if I am in need of depression I will watch the News At Ten instead.
In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 10 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.
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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 FM Synchronized (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)
Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)
THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)
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