Touch In The Dark
Asrai - Touch In The Dark - 2004 - Transmission Records
|Track Listing1. In Front of Me|
2. Pale Light
5. Touch in the Dark
First off, we must ask ourselves; does the world really need another Lacuna Coil? Isn't one punishment enough for our sins? THAT, dear readers, was my initial impression when the first pop/goth sounds of "Touch In The Dark" assailed my ears. My knee-jerk reaction was to dive for the stereo "power off" button and try to forget I ever heard of Asrai. Well, feeling in an adventurous mood, I decided to give it another try. Bracing up, I reminded myself I once sat through the horrors of a performance by the nu-metal comedy act Disturbed, just to see the band I really wanted to see, so this would be a piece of cake.
The first half of the album opener, "In Front Of Me", starts off a bit too pop oriented and mainstream friendly for my particular tastes. I wasn't overly thrilled with vocalist Margriet Mol's sound on this one either, but at about the halfway mark into the song, things took an unexpected turn. To my surprise, I actually found myself ENJOYING what I was hearing!
Things only picked up from there.
Simmering slabs such as "Dream" and "Child" hold all the dark intrigue of typical goth rock, but allow room for a heavier vibe to seep through. Margriet Mol's performance even garners kudos, as she picked things up well after what I thought was a weak performance in the beginning. Fans of bands like Lacuna Coil will find this a pleasurable experience, and non-fans of LC, such as myself, may even find themselves drawn in.
--Susan Wright 12.26.05