Damien’s Lantern a musical trance

Many albums are referred to as “compilations” — a little bit of everything, probably some soft songs, some “belt it out” anthems, ...

Many albums are referred to as “compilations” — a little bit of everything, probably some soft songs, some “belt it out” anthems, some toetappers.

Forget it. The latest from Ontario’s B.D. Gottfried has redefined the description “compilation.” I’m talking vocals that can range from superb rock ballad to theatrical sounding — similar to “Monster Mash” or Jesus Christ Superstar. Every track is a new surprise, haunting, gentle, or something completely out of left field. And while some of Aaron Gottfried’s vocals are laughably dramatic, they possess a certain power that is hard to come by with contemporary artists. Think Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump with twice the vocal chords. It can’t go unnoticed that a large number of tracks include catchy percussion and guitar riffs, perfect for all you dashboard drummers out there.

In terms of lyrical substance, this band is well on their way, but I found some tracks to be rather simple. I’d love to see this band explore a softer side, with some more vocal harmonies. As wonderful as Aaron’s voice is, the sound of blended voices will add yet another dimension to their future albums. I’m not in love with every song, but that’s to be expected. There is such a cool sound to these guys, and seriously genuine talent.

My experience with B.D. Gottfried was as follows — if you aren’t patient, it will come across as just plain strange. Definitely give this album your full attention when listening.