Album Review: True Moon – “True Moon”
As the name suggests, Sweden’s True Moon are very much a goth band. But thankfully, their influences seem to be mostly rooted in the ’80s when the movement was actually good. So don’t worry, you can put all those horrible memories of dross like Evanescence out of your mind. Good. Shall we begin then?
This album is a bit of an odd one and I’m not quite sure how I’d describe it. The Raveonettes with Billy Duffy on guitar duties? Eliza from Bellatrix fronting Bauhaus? Whatever, the main thing is that it’s not a bad sound at all – frontwoman Karolina has a suitably impressive Siouxsie style howl, while the swirling guitars and pounding tribal drums remind you of all the cool old school goth bands you grew up with, from the Sisters of Mercy style dynamics on Just Like Smoke through the frenzied Love era Cult rhythms of Voodoo, and the panic attack laden Run Run Run and In The Dead Of Night.
If there’s a slight criticism to be levelled here, it’s that True Moon don’t really vary their sound much (and the presence of the album’s weakest track the over-long Guns on there twice, the second time being a remix, is a bit of a head-scratcher), but when you’ve got such an individual sound, that’s an easy mistake to forgive. All in all, this is a promising debut with plenty of room to build.
For those who like their goth with an air of icy cool, the guitars amped up and minus the overwrought banality of emo, True Moon have come up with a decent debut effort here with plenty of ideas and good tunes. There's maybe a bit of room for improvement in terms of varying things up a bit, but overall, this is an enjoyable first effort.