GUIDED BY LIGHT
ALBUM DREAM CATCHER, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
SEPTEMBER 9, 2001 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 1, 2001
album is marketed like some Fields of the Nephilim spin-off, since Paul
and Nod Wright contribute. The thing is that the main
man behind Last Rites is Alexander Wright (a third, yet unknown brother?).
Anyhow, Nod has actually produced it and Paul plays the
guitar so they have a big part here as well.
The guitar sound is different
to Fields, but yet the same, at least to some degree. In songs like
"Full Circle" and "Race a Train", it's swinging in
typical Paul Wright manner. The guitars sound heavier than they use to,
nice indeed. Regarding the capability of the mysterious Alexander Wright,
I establish that he has a good voice and obviously, he has
succeeded with this dark guitar based project. Now, it seems even weirder
that the Fields guys recruited Andy Delany for Rubicon.
There aren't any bad tracks on this album, but there are less interesting
ones, like the instrumental piece "Galleon" for example. Why didn't they add vocals to it? The best track, "Resolution",
is a superb piece of dark rock music. It's one of those tracks that
you can listen to again and again, but yet, you never seem to get tired
of it. It's pretty slow, somewhat heavy and solemn, almost
making me think of My Dying Bride in their very best moments, but don't
let that comparison scare you. This is something else,
something different and not that gothic.