Genre/Influences: Cold-wave, gothic.
Background/Info: The Bluebeard’s Castle is a French duo set up in 2017 by Yannick Rault (Triple Sun, So What?, Sander & Melody, Twenty Years…) and Bela Goosy (Les Belles nOÏseuses, Bela Goosy…). “Beyond The Door” is the band’s debut album featuring 15 songs.
Content: After a truly horror-like intro revealing guitar playing, deep vocal growls and epic arrangements, “Beyond The Door” directly moves into cold-wave music. The mewing guitar parts are regularly evoking the good-old 80s and especially Bauhaus appears to be a source of inspiration. I also noticed more wafting pieces. The songs have been accomplished by electronic arrangements and effects.
+ + + : “Beyond The Door” brings us back to the dark magic of the 80s. The guitar playing and deep, vibrating bass play are clearly bringing cold-wave memories alive. From guitar parts reminding to Bauhaus to bass lines evoking the Cure this album also features electronic parts. The song “Confusion” is one of the album’s strongest exposures, which brings the good-old cold-wave music to life.
– – – : This album will bring you no surprises. It’s a classical, but contemporary cold-wave release so if you’re in search of innovation you better pass your way.
Conclusion: The Buebeard’s Castle totally fits to the music taste of Cold Transmission Music. It’s a real pleasant album in its music genre.
Best songs: “Confusion”, “Deathtrap”, “Died Of The Shock”, “Motion”.