April 12, 2024

Ikon – Love, Hate And Sorrow (Album – Dark Vinyl)

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Genre/Influences: Dark-Wave, Post-Punk.

Format: Digital, 2CD, Vinyl.

Background/Info: Next to the “Destroying The Vampire”-compilation album, Ikon also released this other work which brings us back to songs originally composed in between 2006 and 2009.  The band was driven byChris McCarter (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and Dino Molinaro (bass) while Anthony Cornish joined in to play live guitar.

Content: The first disc features the songs from the original album while the bonus disc features a selection of B-side tracks. The first disc is for sure the most interesting one featuring a new great production of powerful Cold-Wave songs carried by impressive guitar playing. There also is a cool injection of Rock influences. The second disc is a cool addition revealing a more melancholic side of the band.

+ + + : You really have to buy this album together withDestroying The Vampire”. Both full lengths will give us a very good view upon the talent of this Australian formation. The powerful guitar playing -which is sometimes Dark-Rock like, and the magic of the elevating choruses make this band as one of the most prominent ambassadors of the post-80s Dark-Wave scene. “Before The Dawn”, “Torn Apart” and “All Depths Of Despair” are some of the most alluring cuts from the album. On top there’s the great singing of Chris McCarter. It’s also cool to get this extra disc featuring B-sides from singles. “Hindsight” and “Expatriate” both could have been title tracks. Last but not least the CD-format is already a great artistic work.

– – – : Maybe not the best Ikon-album from their impressive discography although it still features essential songs.

Conclusion: Dark-Wave music which hasn’t lost its original power and magic.

Best songs: “Before The Dawn”, “Torn Apart”, “All Depths Of Despair”, “Hindsight”, “Expatriate”, “A Line On A Dark Day”, “Love, Hate And Sorrow”.

Rate: 7½.

Artist: www.ikondomain.com.au / www.facebook.com/IKONbandAU

Label: www.darkvinyl.de / www.facebook.com/darkvinylrecords

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