Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop, Body-Pop.
Background/Info: German formation Nova-Spes moved back to Danse Macabre Records to unleash their newest opus. They already worked together with Danse Macabre but the previous albums were released by the Russian label ScentAir Records.
Content: “Rise” is a varied opus inspired by the world -or should I say European situation, of today. The band’s engagement has been exposed into different kinds of songs; sometimes harder and danceable and next softer and melancholic which is even resulting in Electronic ballads sort of. The main source of inspiration remains Electro-Pop now and then spiced with EBM elements.
+ + + : The album sounds diversified so in the end everyone will find songs to its taste. Diversity is also noticeable in the vocals mixing English and German sung songs. I’m more into the ‘harder’ cuts like “The Monster Calls” and “Bitte! Bitte!”. I also enjoyed the explicit Electro-Pop driven “Nothing” reminding me a bit of X Marks The Pedwalk.
– – – : The main point I always experienced with Nova-Spes is fully enjoyable listening music without potential hits. That’s definitely what this work is missing.
Conclusion: Easy- and varied Electro-Pop music with neither true depths nor highlights.
Best songs: “The Monster Calls”, “Bitte! Bitte!”, “Nothing”, “Alle Gegen Alles”.
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