Genre/Influences: Gothic, goth-rock.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Greek formation The Black Capes saw the light of day in 2016. The band’s debut album “All These Monsters” released in 2017 by darkTunes got a very positive response. The band did successful live performances and tours, and are now back on track unleashing their second opus.
Content: “Lullabies For The Dead” moves on there where the previous album stopped. This band knows exactly how to compose a perfect mix between gothic music –often reminiscent of 80s formations such as The Mission and The Sisters Of Mercy, and dark-rock. I think it’s not a coincidence that they bring the legendary “Rain”-song from The Cult back to life. The work features 10 songs, which are characterized by carrying choruses resulting in a few cool songs.
+ + + : The Black Capes don’t really strive for innovation, but simply deal with the music they like. You can feel some passion for 80s cold-wave music, but they simply adapted this influence into their very own interpretation, which is a little bit more rock driven. I especially like the guitar injecting this typical dark mood. The cover version of “Rain” is an excellent song, but I also have to mention “The Blood Is Life” and especially “Gotham”. This last mentioned song is pure passion!
– – – : You don’t exactly listen to The Black Capes for their originality! But if you’re nostalgic of the dark/cold-wave years you for sure gone like this work. I think the production of the vocals can be just a bit better, maybe just a more powerful way of singing.
Conclusion: The Black Capes confirm the strong potential showed at their debut work and will definitely increase their popularity.
Best songs: “Gotham”, “Rain”, “The Blood Is Life”, “Welcome To The Necroclub”.