With his Patton-eque vocal talent and fearlessly morphing antics, Greg Puciato has become widely acknowledged as one of the most versatile singers in the game. Casting his net beyond the brain melting complexities of The Dillinger Escape Plan, the hazy synth pop styling of ‘Fever Daydream’ are so removed from the frontmans day job that these newly arisen strings to his bow will surprise even the most frothing of devotees, and more than this offers up something genuinely refreshing outside the margins of heavy music.
Pitched somewhere between an eerily monochrome beauty and infectious 80s led colour, shades of Depeche Mode (‘Secret Scream’) and neon edged sci-fi dance (‘Ice To Never’) sit alongside the starker likes of ‘The End Where We Start’, all thudding percussion and pulsing electronica, and the jagged darkness of ‘Distanced’ which, whilst as melodically strong as anything else here, offers up a hint of introspection without ever threatening the derail the records poise.
This is an incredibly assured debut from The Black Queen; the trio crafting a idea rich and emotionally absorbing journey which, whilst likely a stretch for anyone unmovingly ingrained in rock culture, hits upon enough sonic palettes to provide just little something for all us willing to explore and expand our musical parameters. A sumptuously rewarding affair.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)