February 04, 2005

The Angelus "The Angelus"

Denton, Texas has a new epic rock band, and this is a good thing! The Angelus is a four-piece band, but they sound much, much bigger than that. Methinks it's due to the fact that they're obsessed with bells. There are bells on this record. A lot of bells. Anyway, bell-ringing aside, they've got this whole epic thing down. Kinda on par with Godspeed Your Black Emperor but kinda not, The Angelus go for the big thing in a big way, and if you're not into that sort of thing...well, you should be into that sort of thing! Moody, dark and dismal, but never ever boring, songs like the beautiful piano-driven "Story of the Shaken," the turbulent "Latin" and the cold yet warm "Cast a Certain Light" will make you feel all emotional--without ever being emo. You might have to get used to the singing style of Emil Rapstine; it's not bad, it's just very detatched yet emotionally involved--and though that doesn't look like it makes sense, it makes perfect sense once you hear it.

Everyone who has seen them says they're a great band that's best experienced live, and I believe them. As seeing them hasn't happened yet, I'll take their word for it, but in the meantime The Angelus is good enough for me!

--Joseph Kyle

Artist Website: http://www.theangelus.net
Label Website: http://www.pyramid-scheme.com

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