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The Crest of a new wave of accesible goth?

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The Crest
Letters from Fire

(Seasons of Mist)

Right before undertaking a tour with Mortiis, The Crest released this CD all over Europe, their debut on Seasons in the Mist. An impressive live band, I was fortunate enough to see them before listening to the CD. While the album is a bit mellower than their live performance, none of the beauty or density of the songs are lost in the recording. This is an extremely impressive collection of goth pop rock. It has tremendous cross-over appeal and could propel the band into the mainstream if they are not careful. Haunting melodies combined with Nell’s stunning female vocals make for a powerful combination. Many of the tracks are fairly mellow but do not lack any of the intensity expected in this genre of music. The label is pushing this band hard to press, and it is not hard to see why. The Crest share a pop sensibility with HIM, writing tracks with an air to mass appeal. If there is any justice this lot should be huge. Simply a stunning debut and a CD you can not help listen to over and over again.

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