Dagobert's Revenge

Ashengrace


Drawing Down the Moon

This album is named after a Wiccan ritual in which the Goddess becomes incarnate in the High Priestess. It is also the title of a witchcraft book by Margot Adler and a recent independent film about magick and chaos theory. Clearly then, from the title the members of this band are hierophants of the highest order. IN the liner notes they claim that this was recorded aboard the spacecraft following in the shadow of the Hale-Bopp comet”, so they’ve obviously been listening to Art Bell as well. Hopefully the artists haven’t whacked off their penises like the members of the Heaven’s Gate cult. This music has a spectral, sussurus quality to it, like being at Yellowstone Park and standing over those bubbling-hot sulfurous springs. The vocals are so low and whispy and sotto voce that you usually can’t tell what singer David Holton is saying, but his mournful sough made with bated breath has a soothing resonance. His faint, raspy voice most resembles that of the singer for The Church, whom Ashengrace have listed among their influences. Other bands listed include Lycia, The Cure, The Cocteau Twins, and certainly elements of all of these can be detected in the material on Drawing Down the Moon. Despite listing Lycia as an influence and having a blurry, non-descript album cover, only a couple of songs here are an abysmal drag. The rest have the deathlike feeling I loved so much in The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds, guitar chords hushedly whirring and buzzing, dull and muffled. Portions of this album also resemble The Cure’s Wish. Derivative, yes, but not without value. These guys are destined to make their mark on the ethereal/darkwave scene.

Blue Ruin Music
Attn: David Holton
4015 E. Monte Vista Dr.. #116
Tucson, AZ 85712


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