Album review: FLORIAN GREY – Gone

FLORIAN GREY – Gone

Echozone [Release date 05.06.15]

Florian Grey is a German singer/songwriter who cut his musical teeth with Eves End and has played live with the likes of Tarja Turunen. So it is no surprise to learn that this is a very genre-bound gothic/dark rock album with some symphonic and pop overtures.

It is a well put together collection of ten songs and two arranged poems. The production is assured and musicianship is good, occasionally very good. Nevertheless, it remains an album that is unlikely to break out of its niche.

The overwhelming mood is atmospheric melodrama and brooding turmoil. Keyboard sweeps and fuzz-guitar are used heavily on much of the material. The most accessible tracks are probably the opener ‘My Fear’, and parts of  ‘In Control’.

The keyboard driven ‘Nocturn in Es’ summons up some rather pleasant Cure moments. And arguably the best track, ‘A Black Symphony’ is really rather good, with strong rhythms blending well with sharp, pulsing guitar and an tempo vocal performance.

Unsurprisingly, Florian’s voice takes centre stage. However, it is more often than not the fragile, tremulous quality that is exploited to the full. There is more heavy breathing on here than in your average Three Peaks fell run. The whispering and then octave spanning delivery on tracks like ‘Laudanum’, ponderous phrasing on ‘Strange Ways’ and the grinding misery of ‘The Way I Die’ do not sit easily with this reviewer.

There are just not enough of the powerful hooks or spiralling dramas for me. ‘Once’ is an unholy alliance of fairground keyboards with gothic, high dudgeon vocals. As bizarre as it is painful. Both ‘The End’ and album closer, title track ‘Gone’ revert to sparse, grief-laden melancholy.

Taking a step back, ‘Gone’ nevertheless presents a perfectly competent and well crafted collection of inventive material within this genre. The ambition of Mr Grey cannot be doubted. For purists of dark pop or gothic/symphonic rock, there will be enough here. ***

Review by Dave Atkinson 





Josh Taerk’s latest Sunday Session was streamed on Sunday 17 July.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 31 July 2022.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 2 August 2022.

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com


Power Plays w/c 8 August 2022 (Mon-Fri)
BORN LOST Take Time (Mouthpiece) (Revolver Records)
JAIME KYLE Driving With The Brakes On (Conquest Music)
SCARLET DORN Born To Suffer (SPV Recordings)
HOLDING ABSENCE Coffin (Sharptone Records)
TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS Get Some (Echoed Past Records)
KROOKED TONGUE When The Beaches Bleed (indie)
SKYPILOT Knifed On The Beach (The Distortion Project)

Featured Albums w/c 8 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 LESSMAN VOSS Rock Is Our Religion (Atomic Fire Records)
12:00-13:00 H.E.A.T. Force Majeure (earMUSIC)
14:00-16:00 THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS A Very Unusual Head (indie)



Popular (last 30 days)


This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), ALL POSTS and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply