Lee Speaks About Music… #142

Of Humanity And Other Odd Things – P.O.E.



The final album of 2019 I received as a Christmas gift from my good friend in Germany Dirk Radloff and although it arrived a few days before I did not open it until Christmas day. I was quite pleasantly surprised to see that Satan had also popped along to add a bit of darkness to the joyful time of the year, although I did wait till Boxing Day before I let him out of his cage so to speak :)))).

P.O.E. is an abbreviation of Philosophy Of Evil who are a 4 piece band from Italy who released their first EP “The Tell-Tale Heart” back in 2015. The whole concept and project of the band goes back a bit further and stretches back to the cold winter months of 2012 when the singer of the band Charles Wooldridge was experimenting in combining some of the evil texts from the famous author Edgar Allan Poe to put to the genre of metal.

Though it was not until around 2015 that he finally found the rest of the musicians to put his project into fruition and in the autumn of last year they got to release their debut album Of Humanity And Other Odd Things. It’s perhaps more of an album that verges along the lines of rock, prog rock and metal and you could even say the sort of horror rock you would get from the likes of Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson and is heavily influenced by those artists and many others.

Charles Wooldridge sounds more English than Italian and that’s because it’s only a stage name he’s using for the band. Whether the rest of the band members are using stage names I could not tell you, but my first encounter with Wooldridge was on Soundcloud around 2014/15 when he was collaborating with Dirk Radloff a.k.a. HeartScore and using what I presume is his real name Giacomo Rossi. He is a talented guy who is involved in many other projects and holds a Master’s Degree from the Modern Music Institute and also runs his own classes giving vocal lessons to students.

It was only last year that my good friend Dirk from Germany (who gifted me this album) further collaborated with Giacomo Rossi and decided to change the singer for his own HeartScore project. Back in November we seen the release of Black Riders Part 2 which is another GREAT! album well worth checking out and you can find my review of it here: https://leespeaksoutaboutmusic.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/lee-speaks-about-music-131/

This video of the song “There Was A Man And A Woman” that was put out to promote Black Riders Part 2 shows you the power and range that Rossi can project from his voice, and he really has what it takes to make a GREAT! rock singer.

In some ways both the projects of HeartScore and P.O.E. have something in common in that they both use the poetry of famous authors to create the lyrics. However, unlike HeartScore not all the lyrical content is derived from poetry alone and they have inputted some of their own lyrics and they have not only based their songs around Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry but also his stories.

The band P.O.E. are very much a 4-piece outfit that can take things a bit further by going out playing and performing live on stage which does have its advantages. I would also say that the music that the band present is perhaps not so much on the metal side of things like HeartScore and when Giacomo Rossi becomes Charles Wooldridge his voice does not project a lot of the power that is required more so for the HeartScore project he’s also involved in. But before we go any further let’s take a look at the artwork and packaging.

The Packaging & Artwork…


The CD comes in a standard plastic Jewel Case to which they are perhaps going out of fashion these days in relation to cardboard Digipaks and Digisleeves that I personally think give a much more quality presentation of your album and do prefer. Although in general the Jewel Case is still the cheaper economical solution when it comes down to the cost and they also do a good enough job of protecting the disc.

But I would not say that the Jewel Case was more robust in relation to Digipaks and Digisleeves and the plastic material that is used to make them is very brittle and can easily break and you do have to be more careful with them. Quite often the Jewel Case will not survive the postal journey it takes to arrive to your home from the store and this one did not survive the trip from Germany to England.


As you can see in the photo above the front of the case was cracked and one of the pieces that attaches it to the main tray had snapped off. The spine was also damaged and all the plastic clips around the hub that holds the CD in place had also snapped off. Luckily the CD was not scratched or marked and the cases are cheap enough to buy and easy enough to replace them with. I always have a few spare cases at hand to cater for these situations.

The CD comes with a 16-page booklet that contains all the lyrics and some GREAT! pictures but no real informative information. The credits are also not informative enough simply because it gives you the names of the band only and does not even tell you who’s playing what instrument. The CD is self-made and was not done by a manufacturing company but nevertheless it is very well printed and quite a professional quality job has been done here.

Unless you were unlike myself who has made CD’s in the past, you would never notice the difference. The only thing it really lacks is that more attention could have been applied and given to the linear notes and credits.


The albums Artwork & Cover Design was done by Eddy Talpo and the photography was done by Anna Lisa Russo. I personally think it fits like a glove in relation the music the band are presenting to you and is well fitting with the haunting and horror you will find in a lot of Edgar Allan Poe’s works too. I like it a lot and it should attract attention I feel. Pretty much a bang on job as been done here.

The Album In Review…

The album Of Humanity And Other Odd Things by the Philosophy Of Evil was released on the 7th October 2019. The album contains 13 tracks and comes with an overall playing time of 44 minutes. 58 seconds and is a well comfortable time slot for you to easily digest and soak in all its content. All the written material is original and all writing credits are credited to the band.

The album was released through a small independent record label known as Sheratan Records. Although like many small record labels they are perhaps irrelevant these days and only really serve a purpose in trying to make the product you are making look a bit more like it was professionally made and distributed. Though according to what little information comes with the linear credits and production notes on the CD it was also Sheratan Records that mixed, mastered and produced the album.

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Sheratan Records by all accounts offered a multi service for artists and bands ranging from artistic production, social media management, recording facilities and even included video making in their services. So perhaps they were more than just an independent record label and you can see that just by judging the professional standards of the videos of the band that are on their YouTube channel and Facebook page.

I would also say they provided a quality service and done pretty much a decent job for the band. It also looks like the band spared no expense in getting a quality job as you can see from this video of them covering and doing their own version of the pop song “Girls Like You” that was originally done by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B.

To be honest I had never heard of the song before but did have a listen to the original version and I prefer this version by P.O.E. in relation to it. Whoever masterminded the script for the video also had a very good head on their shoulders too and it’s a really GREAT! video production that has been done here for sure.

The band also go out of their way to look the part as well with their image that really is suited to the music they are purveying and putting across. The makeup and masks remind of the likes of Kiss, Alice Cooper and many others.


Everything about the band P.O.E. very much looks like they are going the right way about things with how they are promoting themselves including the photo shoots of the band. You certainly could not say they are not trying. I also think it’s very clever how they come up with the name of the band Philosophy Of Evil out of the famous authors surname and the abbreviation of it also serves well as a logo and looks the business on the albums cover. Even how the band describe themselves in their own words sums them up to a tee has you can see below.

“What we want is to express the dark, sick, evil side of human soul, that part of soul that lives in each of us and every day it’s powerfully trying to come to light in order to disrupt our being. It’s the tense for what is ugly, grotesque, unsettling that the genius of Edgar Allan Poe was able to describe sublimely with his poetry and his stories. This is all part of us and we try to celebrate it and, in some cases, exorcise it through our songs. That said, do not take us too seriously. We never do”.

Although everything with how P.O.E. are going about things and how it might appear to be looking on the ROSIE! side. Through my research of the band very little information can be found out about them and the only resourceful place to find out about them is on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. So far everything about the band appears to be coming out of Sheritan Records and judging by the fact that their website no longer there could mean that it no longer exists.

Like I mentioned earlier that being a band gives them the advantage to go out and play live and spread their name out a bit. But so far, I can see no physical evidence that they have played live as of yet, but they seem to have a couple of gigs lined up this year judging by some of the announcements and posters they have put on their Facebook page. It could also be that the band also need to rehearse the material well enough before they present it to an audience that has caused the delay and why they chose this year to do so. So, lets now take a look at the band line-up.

Musicians & Credits…


All songs written by Philosophy Of Evil. Mixed Mastered & Produced by Sheratan Records. Artwork & Cover Design by Eddy Talpo.  Photography by Anna Lisa Russo.


Charles Wooldridge – Vocals – Piano & Keyboards.
Emmanuel Botch – Guitar.
Francis Gebirge – Bass.
Aleksander Ladislaw – Drums.

Additional Musicians.

Sofia Mazza – Vocals (You’re My Stream)

The Album Tracks In Review…

Of Humanity And Other Odd Things is an album that consists mainly of short songs and some very short instrumental pieces that are used as an introduction and intervals to the next song. The album can also flow along like a concept album and at times it feels as if it’s a continuous story. However, it’s not a continuous story and is made up of individual tracks to which most of them are only adapted around some of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Only one of the tracks actually uses the lyrics from one of his poems and the rest of the lyrics are very cleverly written and put into context by the band.

There is quite a theatrical presence in the way the songs are delivered and it also slightly touches on classical music in particular with use of the orchestration on the keyboard. I would also say most of the material was written on the keyboard too. Besides the likes of Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper that I have already mentioned. There is quite a mixture of influences here and even the Italian composer Vivaldi springs to mind in particular on a couple of tracks with some of the stringed arrangements. So, lets now take a deep look into the album as I go through the individual tracks.

Track 1. Prelude.

The title pertains to an introduction and this 33 second introduction that starts off the album is quite a haunting one that sounds like it came out of a horror movie. Perhaps something along the lines of Chucky. For all I know this opening might have come out of a film because there is a young girl speaking the few words here and I am pretty sure it’s not Charles Wooldridge :))))). Though he or one of the other band members might have whispered “Poe” at the end of this short ghostly evil poem.

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The musical box is used in many horror films and its put to good effect here, it’s also often used on many of Alice Cooper’s albums and here it also accompanied by some reverse effects and a musical saw and has been very well put together and gets the album off to quite a chilling and eerie start.

Track 2. Puppet Show.

The opening song of the album also has an Alice Cooper feel about it and a load of others no doubt, the strings in particular have a bit of a Vivaldi feel about them. I am pretty sure the band put this track out before the album was released to give people a taster of what was to come. The combination of the piano and metal power chords works extremely well together and the music has been very well constructed with how it crosses between the genres of metal and classical. It also contains some well tasty guitar solo work from Emmanuel Botch too and the changes and progression also work a TREAT!

The lyrics pertain to a puppet wanting to be free who would rather be dead than be tied to his master sort of thing. The lyrics are very well written as you can see from one of the verses below and Charles Wooldridge delivers them very well.

My life is the disgusting triumph of lie
You all soulless puppets without a brain
The noose is ready and we were prepared to die
In a theatre that has no wall or chains

To be honest I am not sure they are from any of Poe’s poems and stories although both manikins and puppets have been associated with many of the puppet shows that many have put on to put across some of Poe’s works. In 1995 A puppet adventure PC game entitled “The Dark Eye” was also based on his works. The “Puppet Show” is a really GREAT! song and the band are pulling all the right strings here for sure and its very much a strong contender for the albums TOP SPOT AWARD! It could easily be a firm favourite for most too I feel.

Track 3. Horror Vacui.

The songs title “Horror Vacui” in physics reflects Aristotle’s idea that nature abhors an empty space. In visual art the Latin meaning of “horror vacui” is “fear of empty space” and in Greek “fear of the empty”. It’s a form of art that involves the filling of the entire surface of a space or an artwork with detail as seen in the picture of the fall of Babylon by the French Renaissance goldsmith and engraver Jean Duvet below.

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The Fall Of Babylon

The Italian art critic Mario Praz used the term “horror vacui” to describe the excessive use of ornament in design during the Victorian age. The interest in meticulously filling empty spaces is also reflected in Arabesque decoration in Islamic art from ancient times to present. There are many other examples of it too and I quite like how the way they have gone about the lyrics in this song in the way of a scientific approach to prove the nonexistence of god.

There is quite an influence from the Canadian band Rush in this song and even the way they have gone about the lyrics is the sort of approach the now just recently sadly departed Neil Peart gave to that bands lyrics. The way the song is driven along by the keyboards and guitars also reflects the style of music that band was churning out in the late 70’s and early 80’s and the chorus of song has a very strong Rush influence.

Overall, “Horror Vacui” is another very well written and constructed song in that it also contains a fine bridge and they have thrown quite a lot into it over the just under five minutes you get here. It’s very much another song I would consider as a contender for the albums TOP SPOT AWARD! despite the heavy influence here.

Track 4. Love & Death.

A short piano interlude and introduction to the next song and I quite like how the effect of the stylus being dropped onto the record at the beginning with its crackle and pop gives it a warm feeling. It’s draws a picture in my mind of somebody sitting by the fire in a big house, perhaps even the House of Usher :))))).

It is only a short piece however, there is quite a lot that has been put into the melody of this piano piece and it’s a very well-constructed piece that does have you thinking that piece is twice as long as the one minute and ten seconds you get here. It’s quite strong with how the piece develops along and makes more of a bolder statement sort of thing and it sets up the next song very well indeed.

Track 5. You’re My Stream.

A powerful rock ballad of a song and one that was musically constructed around a very fine piano melody. Francis Gebirge’s bass works very well in accompanying the piano and strings and it also features Sofia Mazza who adds a touch of operatics to the song with her GREAT! voice along with Charles Wooldridge it works very well as a duet in putting over the lyrical content which pertain to restless love.

An official video of the song was put out on the bands YouTube channel that very well portrays the songs lyrics in the way of a picture animated storyboard sort of thing. The video was done by Davide Cilloni and he’s done quite a top job of it and it describes the story to the song right down to a tee.

You’re My Stream” is another really GREAT! song, it’s very well-orchestrated and arranged and everyone has done quite a top job on it to make it what it is. It’s also another strong contender for the albums TOP SPOT AWARD!

Track 6. In Loving Madness.

The songs title is perhaps not what you would read in an obituary column in a newspaper or see on a headstone in a graveyard as in the words “In Loving Memory” would suggest. However, if you were one of the sick twisted tormented evil souls the title here maybe more appropriate so to speak :))))).


It’s at this stage that the album does tend to sound more like there is a conceptional story going on and the lyrical content in this song does continue from the previous song. The lyrics are on the repetitive side in this song too but they do portray the power and strong bond of love in wanting to hold on to it in death very well, even to the point of being interwound and interlocked in the stream of their souls.

Musically it’s got some GREAT! progression here in particular with the key change that lifts it up around the 1:46 mark. I think most of the songs were written on the keys and once again we have some very good piano and orchestration here. The guitars also work their way in very well and the heavy metal section in the middle section is very well worked out and works wonders. There is also some Gothic choral sounds and bells that work very well in the piece and the band have really done a GREAT! job here.

Track 7. Sehnsucht.

Another short interlude and instrumental piece and the word “Sehnsucht” is a German noun translated as “longing”, “pining”, “yearning”, or “craving”. Some psychologists use the word “Sehnsucht” to represent thoughts and feelings about all facets of life that are unfinished or imperfect, paired with a yearning for ideal alternative experiences. Well that is how Wiki translates it and it sounds fitting to the effective piece done on the guitar here by Emmanuel Botch who I expect would have composed this little ditty.

Track 8. Shipwreck.

The next song is quite a theatrical and haunting bit of fun and is very different and sounds like something you might find in a Tim Burton movie. It’s like they are having a bit of a funfair carnival ride on this ship and its very cleverly done. It sounds like they have the crew joining in on the vocal side of things and if Charles Wooldridge done all the voices, I am hearing here that would be quite something special. Though I am sure there is also a female in this crew as well and it could be that Sofia Mazza may have contributed her voice to this song as well.

Musically you are not just getting all the fun of the fare with the organ, you also get a bit of a reggae vibe thrown in it which has me thinking of “Ghost Town” by the Specials. Although this is not so much like that song at all and they pack a lot more into it especially in the metal department with the guitars. Both Francis Gebirge’s bass and Aleksander Ladislaw’s drums play a good role in this very well constructed song. “Shipwreck” is a really GREAT! album track and another of the contenders for the albums TOP SPOT!


It’s also worth mentioning that Edgar Allan Poe’s one and only completed novel entitled The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket from 1838 also included various adventures and misadventures about shipwrecks, mutiny and cannibalism. It’s also said that his novel predicted the future some 46 years after it was published, as a yacht sank in real life and 3 of the 4 survivors also decided to eat the cabin boy. I am sure he made a tasty snack too :)))))). Although the lyrics in this shipwreck do not pertain to Poe’s novel and is more like a bunch of Jolly Rogers onboard the vessel having a bit of fun :))))).

Track 9. The City In The Sea.

We’re staying on the sea or rather in the sea for this next song and this is the only song on the album that uses one of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems for the lyrics and his poem also contained the same title. There is no doubt that Charles Wooldridge has done an exceptional job of putting Poe’s words into the context of delivering them as a song. This is something I also felt he done another super job with how he handled all of Stephen Crane’s poems that Dirk Radloff presented to him for the HeartScore album Black Riders Part 2.

Poe’s poem tells the story of a city ruled by a personification of Death using common elements from Gothic fiction. Which is very much what a lot of the subject matter of the material on this album is touching on.

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Once again theatrics plays a part here with how Wooldridge delivers the words with both speaking and singing roles and there is some GREAT! progression thrown into the musical side of things. Like the biggest majority of the songs they are written on the keys and the organ in this song does give it a Gothic touch and even an eerie haunting feel to it. The guitars and drums drive the song along and both the guitar and bass play very much an integral role in making this song stand out even more.

The band also spared no expense again by having an official video made which was done by Video maker & Director: Mattia Maffini who specialises in promotional videos and he’s done a SUPERB TOP JOB! on this video and it looks very professional.

Overall, a TOP JOB! has been done executing Poe’s poem and this is another really well worked out piece of work. It reminds me of a cross between Alice Cooper and the band Sparks and this is another contender for the albums TOP SPOT AWARD!

Track 10. Schizophrenia.

Roll up it’s time to take another carnival funfair ride into the world of madness and this is another short interlude and the final of the instrumental pieces on the album. It’s also a very well-orchestrated nice little ditty done on the keyboards.

Track 11. Ratz Everywhere!

Another song that would go down well in a Tim Burton movie and judging by the title it would perhaps suit an adaption of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Once again there is plenty that goes into making a song like this and you have to have quite a bit of skill to be able to pull it all off. I would also say that many of the songs on the album would present a challenge to be able to perform them live and they might need a couple of more musicians to do so.

There are quite a lot of influences in this particular song and even popular bands like The Police springs to mind in certain places. My favourite sections are where it comes down from all the mayhem and madness in couple of parts and brings in an acoustic section. In both of the acoustic sections Wooldridge uses the sweeter side of his voice and it reminds me a bit like Burk Shelley of the band Budgie with songs like “Riding My Nightmare“. Also, many others and it’s a really GREAT! transition that has more of a melancholic feel to it. “Ratz Everywhere!” is another really GREAT! song and yet another contender for the albums TOP SPOT AWARD!

Track 12. Why Does The Rabbit Want To Kill Me?

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The title very much puts in mind of the killer rabbit that was in the Monty Python film The Holy Grail and its one of my favourite parts in that film and extremely funny. The rabbit in this song is not funny but you would not want to mess with him :))))). Besides the keyboards and heavy guitars Gebirge’s bass features very well in this song and the bass line on the intro of the song reminds me of “Don’t Forget To Breath” by Arena. This is another very well worked out song and GREAT! track on the album.

Track 13. A Strange Case.

The final track on the album is the longest and weighs in at 6 minutes 36 seconds. It’s a song that has some really GREAT! progression along its path and its intro is as bold as brass with the orchestration. Besides the orchestration that also is utilised in the song it also has some very good thematic and theatrical parts that is worked in with some heavy metal and once again this is a very well-constructed fine piece of work. There are also many influences along the way here too and the likes of Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and even a touch of death metal gets thrown into the pot.

The title chosen here is often associated with detective stories and Edgar Allan Poe’s short story entitled “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” has been described as the first modern detective story. That particular story was also adopted and adapted by a Play Group and “The Strange Case of Hotel Morgue” is freely based on that Poe classic. It’s also interesting that both Poe’s ”The Fall of the House of Usher” and Robert Louis Stevenson’s ”The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” are representative of the Gothic tradition and the key aspects of the genre include an eerie atmosphere and psychological introspection.

However, what we have here is very much a Charles Wooldridge & Co. adaption and many of the songs along this album deal with the torment of life and the torture of death. It also deals with the power of love and evil and how in particular it’s controlled, and the story ends off where it all began with the puppet master pulling the strings.

To be honest I am not entirely sure what the concept story if it has one is all about. But I do feel that there is one here with how everything relates with the lyrical content. In many ways I could also see that some of the lyrical content throughout the album is also touching on reincarnation in a way that the torture never stops sort of thing. However, you look at the lyrical content there is no doubt that they are fitting with the works of Edgar Allan Poe and “A Strange Case” is very much my personal favourite track on the and merits the albums TOP SPOT AWARD! It also is like the chap at the very end was dying to put the album to bed as well :)))))).


To sum up the album Of Humanity And Other Odd Things by Philosophy Of Evil. I have to confess that this was quite a difficult album to get into hugely down to the many influences it has along the way. It did take me quite a good few spins for myself to see the woods through the trees or the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak before I got to appreciate the album a lot more. My immediate and initial response to the album was that I have heard it all before and do I really need another album like this right now.

I think another one of the things that did not help is that although I think the album has been very well produced. I personally think it could have been mixed better and the mix does let a few of the tracks down a bit. Most of the tracks can be very busy especially in the keyboard department with all the orchestral and stringed arrangements, the mix really needed more width for everything to cut through properly.

Some tracks sound like they are in mono because of the close proximity in the mix and it needed a bit more attention paid to the incrementation to separate the instruments properly. Some tracks can sound a bit cluttered and muddy in parts too though overall, the mix is not extremely bad enough to spoil your listening pleasure and is acceptable. It’s far from a really bad mix and in all honesty, I have heard a lot worse from many mainstream artists albums in the past. I would also say that your average Joe would not hear none of the things I have pointed out about the mix either, and you would have to be somebody like myself who pays closer attention to detail.

Well so far, I have only pointed out the negative points about the album, but after several listens to the album all of those soon went away and more of the positive side of the album did shine through far greater and spoke to me a lot more. Because of the many influences you will hear I do feel that this is an album that is not going to instantly grab you straight away, unless you can brush aside those influences that many other bands have presented us with in the past.

But there is something that lies deeper within the surface and what makes the difference is the skill that has been put into the song writing especially with how well they have constructed and developed both the music and vocal lines, and that in particular is where this album can shine if you are prepared to give it the time of day so to speak. The lyrical content and concept are also very good and that is where it also quite interesting and different.


Overall, P.O.E.’s debut album Of Humanity And Other Odd Things is a very strong well written album and there is not a bad track on it and it’s quite a strong solid album. It’s that strong that half of the tracks upon it are very much contenders as personal favourites and it was extremely hard for me to pick just one of them to be my favourite and I could have picked all the other contenders easily too. My personal highlights from the album are as follows: “Puppet Show“. “Horror Vacui“. “You’re My Stream“. “Shipwreck“. “The City In The Sea“. “Ratz Everywhere!” and “A Strange Case“.

The influences might be flying out of the woodwork but the way the band have carved and sculptured the material around the theatrical side of things, and blended it with metal, prog rock and classical music is quite a work of art and this is one very satisfying album that is well worthy of at least giving it shot. I am pretty sure it will not disappoint either especially if you want something to ROCK! your socks off.

The Philosophy Of Evil consist of really GREAT! musicians who certainly know there stuff to be able to knock out an album like this. Whether the band can take the album to the stage remains to be seen. But so far everything they have done in the way of going about things certainly appears to be right way and even the video production for the couple of songs on the album will testify to that. I do feel they need to get out there and play live to spread their name out a lot more. I also think they should do more to promote this CD simply because it’s very hard to obtain and they need to put it out in more outlets.

You can listen to the album on some streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. You can also buy the Digital Download of the album and CD here on Amazon Dot Com. https://www.amazon.com/Humanity-Other-Odd-Things-Explicit/dp/B07YGNF8TH But it is not available to purchase internationally on Amazon.

Although according to the most recent news about the band I have only just discovered. They have now been signed up to Revalve Records for the worldwide distribution of their debut album “Of Humanity And Other Odd Things”, which will be released in a few months’ time on the 3rd April 2020. So, it’s good to see they are sorting things out and they need to because this is an album I highly recommend.

I Will Show The Darkness, I Will Love The Pain…

The CD track listing is as follows:

01. Prelude. 0:33.
02. Puppet Show. 4:19.
03. Horror Vacui. 4:54.
04. Love & Death. 1:10.
05. You’re My Stream. 4:31.
06. In Loving Madness. 4:13.
07. Sehnsucht. 1:27.
08. Shipwreck. 3:40.
09. The City In The Sea. 4:03.
10. Schizophrenia). 0:52.
11. Ratz Everywhere!. 4:41.
12. Why Does The Rabbit Want To Kill Me?. 3:59.
13. A Strange Case. 6:36.

Lee’s Packaging Rating Score. 7/10.

Lee’s Price Point Rating Score. 8/10.

Lee’s Album Rating Score. 9/10.

2 thoughts on “Lee Speaks About Music… #142

  1. I agree with most of your thoughts. The band is in fact quite theatrical and there are elements of theater, opera and classical music in. I am not sure, if I would put it into the Metal-category, because the music is often focused on the keyboards, which are well mixed with the guitar-parts. But I second the Alice Cooper and Gothic references, so maybe we could call it “Goth-Rock”. The videos of P.O.E. really desrev your high praise, they look like they were produced in Hollywood. Giacomo is a great singer and can show here all of his versatility. And hat’s off to your review, I admire how accurate you research background-informations and references like in “Horror vacui”), btw I think, that Giacomo has studied philosophy. The Poe-references are obvious and I had to smile, when you tell about the story of Arthur Gordon Pym (tasty snack). I have read that novel more than one time and each time it is still haunting. The only thing here I don’t agree is the mix, because I think the mix is pretty solid with all instruments clearly audible. When some parts sound too thick I think this is more a problem of the arrangement and not of the mixing.
    However a great and comprehensive review and in my opinion every band is very lucky, when they get a review on “Lee speaks about music”

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    • I would still very much include the metal genre here because there are metal structures on the guitars in quite a few of the tracks and also the guitar parts are mostly power chords and this is not an album for guitar solos just like many metal albums. Regarding the mix it’s only really a couple of the tracks were things are not too clear and I do feel that quite a bit of the album has a very tight space in the mix in that everything is to close to centre. But I also think that it could be down to the fact that some of the patches on the keyboards were not of top quality to shine through better in particular with some of the strings.Both the tracks “Horror Vacui” and “In Loving Madness” sound too close to the centre in the mix and throughout most of those tracks it’s a bit like listening to a mono mix rather than stereo. I felt that they should of utilised the increments to pan them more further to left and right to give them a bit more width for the separation to work better.

      Some of the keyboards sounds are also hard to distinguish because there is a lot going on but it also could be that some of the things going on with the keyboards were mixed at lower levels so they was not too apparent and needed to stand out sort of thing. But I do get what you are saying about some parts sound too thick and it is more a problem of the arrangement and not of the mixing. I would even say that it is the keyboards mostly that are not cutting through either because of the quality of the patches or down to how the tracks have been layered. But I would also say that the biggest majority of the album has indeed been mixed very well.


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