OWL RAVE: s/t LP Interstellar Records
As far as debut albums go, this initially seemed fairly promising. Heavily influenced by the “Duality of a seemingly perfect world and deep abysses”, Owl Rave unashamedly quote that they use David Lynch’s Twin Peaks as their main reference point; and it shows, sort of.
Dark, melancholic strums of guitar permeate the entirety of the release as a noir backdrop in tone to the simplistic percussion. However, this is all but destroyed come the ridiculous male vocals, such as on track two, ‘Searching’, where it feels amateurish and misplaced.
I almost forgave them for this error in judgement the moment the guitar noise of ‘A Knife For Every Heart’ kicked in; right up until the pathetic Death Metal vocals entered the frame and turned into the comedy horror, morbid tones of the title track, being spoken in doom laden fashion. If anything else I have to give them a pat on the back for inducing the uncontrollable laughter in me that followed.
Not to be completely horrible, there are moments on this album that are well thought out; the ambient noise of ‘Fright Car’, begs for an album to back it up. Key pieces of instrumentation scattered throughout, work well in a dark lounge kind of way; but are ultimately let down by a vocalist who should just learn to shut his trap.