Monday 30 April 2012

Terminal Gods - Electric Eyes

Single review by KevW

This is the first official single by London's Terminal Gods who only formed last summer and already seem to have a clear vision of who they are and what they're about. The band line-up reads as follows: "Cowlin - Vox; Maisey - Gothic Guitars; Cooper - Punk Guitars; Katie - Bass; A vast and unfathomable machine brain pulsating at the heart of a twisted web of mechanics, midi and sleepless nights - Drums". Essentially a spectacularly long winded version of Echo & The Bunnymen then, and they inhabit a similar sonic realm to them and other Gothic-stained post-punk bands, enigmatically camouflaged behind shades and swathes of dry ice.

The icy guitars and machine-made beats lend an industrial feel to these new-wave styled tracks, with 'Electric Eyes' providing a menacing and confident burst of Cult-ish pomp and power - minus the histrionics. Despite these references, it's not all about the past. Although toes are dipped in those murky waters, all three tracks on this single share DNA with more contemporary noisemakers like A Place To Bury Strangers and Blacklist. Style and sound are of course only part of the deal; the tunes are what really matter and, if this single is anything to go by, Terminal Gods have the songs to back it up, which makes for an enticingly complete package.

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