Madness of the Night is a band that I confess had completely escaped my attention. So the question in my mind when I began work on this review was just how much if at all would I regret my ignorance? I am most certainly not one to stick to listening to the same bands over and over again. This is not to say I don’t have my favourites and I most certainly prefer certain genres so was excited to see that this band ticked all the boxes on that list.
This is the debut album from Daniel Dante and vocalist Abir Blackshadow who formed Madness of the Night in late 2011 and is described as a blend of Gothic Rock, Dark Wave and Gothic metal. I did some research of course before beginning this review and was surprised by the choice of name for the album. Turns out The Asgarda are nothing less than a group of Ukrainian women who follow a path of martial discipline inspired by the legendary Amazons. Now very much intrigued there was only one thing for it earphones in and volume up let the Madness Begin!
The album begins with ‘Oppression’ that confirms from the beginning that the albums name was a wise choice. Starting out with steady drum beats and guitar riffs this track takes on new life once Abir begins to sing. Her voice is reminiscent of the legendary Siouxsie Sioux but I also found myself reminded of Theatres Des Vampires vocalist Sonya Scarlet. With such a powerful voice it is easy to imagine her as one of the very warrior women the album is named for.
The first three songs increase in pace into something even the most seasoned head banger may appreciate equally as much as fans of 80’s Goth and although ‘Theatre of Life’ is not in English I still found it to be enjoyable, why let a language barrier hinder good music.
I found myself especially gripped by the fourth track. To a Goth like myself ‘We Are Goth Rockers And We Don’t Care’ is more than a great song it could very well be a new war cry for a subculture plagued by discrimination. With lyrics the likes of “make up a message we share” this track provokes feelings of defiance and unity accompanied by great instrumentals. This is for me easily the stand out track on the album!
The tone becomes darker with songs like ‘She Is The Demon’ with its almost operatic vocals and the aptly named ‘Terrorroom’ a track full of pain and despair that is right at home on a Goth Rock album. The mood is soon taken in a more uplifting direction and although some songs share elements with The Sisters of Mercy the lyrics are a far cry from the cold condemnation of the world as viewed by Andrew Eldritch.
Once again the messages are made clear through music never back down and defy those that show prejudice against you track nine is called ‘Stand Up’ after all and with good reason. In conclusion I am very impressed with The Asgarda. This is a great fusion of musical style, powerful lyrics and a strong underlying message. This is by no means the first time this has been done but rarely has the message been delivered with such conviction and skill. Haters beware The Asgarda are coming for you!
1. Oppression (Remix)
2. The State of Madness
3. Theatre of Life
4. We Are Goth Rockers And We Don’t Care
5. She Is The Demon
7. Voices Of The People
8. Javla Zigenare
9. Stand Up
11. We Are Goth Rockers And We Don’t Care (Chamber Mix)