Genre/Influences: Gothic, goth-rock.
Background/Info: Operating out of Milwaukee (USA) Ophelia’s Sweet Demise was formed in the late 90s. The band went through different line-ups releasing two albums and an EP. The band finally split but was reformed in 2012 by Daniel Kufahl and Kat Minerath and some previous members also joined in to accomplish this new album.
Content: The opening part reveals a mix of gothic- and psychedelic rock music. The guitar playing is one of the main characteristics of this work while globally speaking the work has been touched by a moody atmosphere. Some passages move into a dark reverie.
Some songs reveal a delicious harmony between electronics and guitar. I’m more into the somewhat harder sounding “Blue” and “Dangerous” featuring elevated guitar parts. Another interesting cut is the more dark-wave minded “Bad Sands” reminds me of Bauhaus for its guitar parts.
The vocals have been performed by Daniel and Kat and I especially like their duo singing on “Domain” and “Sonata Noire”.
+ + + : One of the main strengths of this work is the perfect balance on some songs between electronics and guitar. The guitar playing definitely is one of the main characteristics of this album.
– – – : There are a few cool songs, but I can’t say to have heard a potential hit. I’m missing an apotheosis on this work.
Conclusion: “Sonata Noire” is a cool album moving in between dark-rock and gothic music, which might appeal to guitar lovers. I’m just missing one or two major songs.
Best songs: “Bad Sands”, “Dangerous”.
Band: http://opheliassweetdemise.com / www.facebook.com/opheliasdemise
Online Distributor: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/opheliassweetdemise