Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Review: The Murder of My Sweet "Divanity"

Take some of that trademark Swedish rock and mix in some goth and you have The Murder of My Sweet (TMOMS). The band's moniker is inspired by the 1944 movie “Murder, My Sweet". TMOMS has just released their ambitious debut album on Frontiers Records entitled "Divanity". Regarding the album title the band states, "The name 'Divanity' is the bands own expression of diva, divine and vanity - all of them being essential ingredients in their debut album."

There are a lot of things to admire about TMOMS, but two attributes really stand out to make them unique. One, they are a female-fronted symphonic rock band. Two, they infuse a high level of dark drama in their music. These characteristics are likely to draw comparisons to Evanescence, but TMOMS has a stronger proclivity for melody.

A strong suit of the band is the dazzling vocal talent of Angelica Rylin, whose well-controlled, firm voice plays well with theatrical sound of TMOMS. She is backed by a tight and powerful band that uses meaty guitar riffs, explosive drums, and lots and lots of keyboards. It can be argued that the keyboards are a bit over the top in numerous places on the record, and the overuse of the orchestral stab gets old really fast. The persistent use of the same tones and styles throughout the record make many of the songs sound too much alike.

Underneath the high gloss and glitz of the production lies some very good melodic rock. My favorite cuts include "No Evil", "Kiss of Death", "Tonight" and "Destiny" - sample these and you'll have a good sense as to what the rest of "Divanity" is like and what TMOMS is all about. I am willing to bet you haven't heard anything quite like it!

iPOD-worthy: 1, 5, 7, 9, 10

The Murder of My Sweet on MySpace. Official site.

Check out a trailer for the band:

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