Label: Wormholedeath/Dreamcell 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
The Stompcrash have been...ehh... stomping out darkwave music for quite a few years now. Originally founded in Milano in 2002 as the extremely gloomy project inspired by gothic stories of writers such as Lovecraft, Poe, Kafka, "Directions" is their long awaited second album and here they display some of the weirdest pop/metal compositions heard on a album for quite some considerable time.
Reminiscent of poppy eighties kind of goth as well as the slightly heavier approach of The Mission, the twelve tracks on the album speak about various strange topics such as melancholia (well, duh!) love, sorrow, regret(s), and blood. Much like any other Goth album in other words, yeah? no? The neat darkwaver experience? Well, when they're up for it, we get lovely weird tunes as "The Leaves Begin To Fall" and "Cat's Eyes", both examples of the band's ability to sound just like the eighties with merely a hint of the modern rock act the Editors.
Expect layers of atmospheric keyboards, two vocalists, male and female, and we do enjoy several of their tracks. Unfortunately, the male lead vocalist is blessed/cursed with the monotone voice and thus a rather dodgy performance.