This was my introduction to this band, and it made them my favorite band. My previous favorite, Misery Loves Co. disbanded in ‘00. But this band creates a darkness unrivaled by any other band I’ve listened to. It’s not a brutal, horror-movie kind of darkness, but a psychological and depressive kind of atmosphere… like Sin City w/o any happy parts.
One of the stand-out tracks lyrically, is the song ‘Criminals.’ The singer apologizes for leaving his wife/lover behind to be killed by someone else… in pain he wills her strength:
“So gather your strength and break free
Or you will surely die
Gather your strength don’t follow me
‘Cause I will surely die”
This album–every time I crank it up–reminds me of fall. They’re THAT good at conjuring mental imagery. Of any well known band they probably compare with A Perfect Circle more than anyone else.
Another one, a fan favorite, “omerta,” seems like a light drinking song, until you listen carefully to the lyrics and realize… its a suicide note. (Or someone just poisoned him–its tad ambiguous.) The last half of the album almost has a spiritual quality… it seems to lift off the ground and attain a dreamlike state.
There are some people who were really, really down on this album when it came out… and usually I just say, “That’s their opinion.” Well, never has an opinion been MORE wrong than the one that does not give credit to what these swedes have done so masterfully…
And to think that sonically they categorically take this sound further on “A Great Cold Distance.”