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Saturday, October 07, 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Lush exploration of darkness from The Fright on Canto V

DANTE explored the sinful nature of humanity in his tales exploring the circles of hell. While we may be living in a time when there are less wars and less global deaths, despite what rolling news might tell us, it is still potentially a dark time, as explored by The Fright on their latest album.

For all the lush melodies and carefully crafted arrangements 'Canto V' takes us on a journey through the crises we face, explored through tracks that veer from classic rock to melodic punk.

If Lon Fright's stated intention was to deliver an album with catchy choruses and dark themes then it is fair to say that he achieved it -  'Wander Alone' sticks in your mind like a leech that keeps pumping delicious anaesthesia into your aural tracts.

Based loosely on the first chapter of Dante's Divine Comedy Canto V is, is their fifth outing, and perhaps the most coherent in terms of concept and songs that they have ever produced.

The melodies are executed with care and the twin work of Kane and Danny is exemplary. The restrained intro to 'Fade Away', counter-pointing the piano being a perfect example. Lon channels his inner Pete Steele as he veers from languid to powerful hard rock in a track that sucks you into its weft and weave.

The fact that producer Waldemar Sorychta has worked with Moonspell and Type 0 Negative is no accident...

Often when a reviewer receives the blurb accompanying any album they thrust it away to concentrate on their own subjective take. But, re-reading the notes this time they have caught the essence of this album.

Teetering between hard rock and gothic rock The Fright have produced an album that resonates with repeated listens.

That they secured Michelle Darkness from End Of Green to guest on 'Leave' is one thing. Then they top it with roping in Andreas Lohr of German punks Fleihende Sturme to guest on a cover of...a Fliehende Sturme song 'In Sicherheit'. It's a nice nod to the variety of tracks on offer.

What is most enjoyable about Canto V is that is can be taken on many different levels - there are tracks that are radio-friendly and there are tracks that require deeper listening, but taken overall it is a coherent, lush and wonderful album.

Review by Jonathan Traynor

The Fright is released on October 13th on Steamhammer/SPV

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