FAITH AND DECAY
ALBUM OBLIVION RELEASE: JULY 5, 1999 REVIEW: JULY 5, 1999
We probably have the thriving scene in Germany to thank for the existence of goth in the late nineties. While sometimes coming up with very good records, German goth bands tend to be just a little too faithful to their British predecessors.
The Escape is a very German band. On their third album "Faith and Decay" they stir in a little of everything. Strings and piano bring in the classical sound, while the singing, guitars and programmed drums bring Sisters of Mercy and Love Like Blood to mind. Synthesizer sounds remind us of the late release date. The overall picture is a melancholic one. Tears and loss take precedence of occult gibberish, common among many other goth bands of today.
"Faith and Decay" is a decent contemporary gothic rock record. It induces a certain mood rather than impresses with individual sounds.
Don't look for great surprises here. This is simply the way orthodox premillennial goth music sounds. Including stealing portions of Sisters of Mercy songs in an all too obvious way.