While you can't always judge an album by its cover, Aesthetic Perfection 'Til Death drew me in with its captivating cover art.
I’ve had this album on my wishlist since 2015, yet have never placed the order for the vinyl release. Although, I remember enquiring about the release through Goldmine Records, but Ben, the proprietor, sadly informed me that the glorious-looking purple vinyl edition, that matches that cover art perfectly, was unavailable. At the time, the standard black edition was still available but was not nearly as appealing to this collector. It's a shame really, especially considering the artwork demands a larger canvas. Nevertheless, for now, I'll be reviewing this electronic album based on the digital edition available on TIDAL Hi-Fi.
Happily Ever After opens the album with a bold sonic presentation that is akin to many symphonic metal albums. I love it! The lyrical delivery is perfect and Happily Ever After sets the tone for the entire album.
Antibody moves us to the dance floor with a more upbeat tune that perfectly follows on from Happily Ever After. It's fantastic and I challenge you to sit still throughout. While some may find the tempo familiar, I feel it’s perfect and I could listen to Antibody on repeat for hours.
Lights Out (Ready To Go) continues to influence involuntary body movements as the rhythm is simply addictive. Lights Out (Ready To Go) is a truly great song that is electronica 101.
Death Rattle changes the tempo ever so slightly. It’s a brilliant move that keeps the album fresh, yet familiar. Although, I’m not a fan of the chorus as it shifts the song a little too much and the vocals, aiming for a death growl vocal technique, are too shallow and brittle. Death Rattle is a solid song despite these complaints.
Big Bad Wolf is a play on the Three Little Pigs fairytale and the merging of a love song. It isn't bad and somewhat reminds me of Green Jellÿ’s Three Little Pigs.
Showtime is a solid song, but it isn't anything to write home about.
Oh, Gloria! has an incredible rhythm that reminds me in part of Marilyn Manson's catalogue of work. I love it!
The Dark Half is nightclub gold!
The New Black is a killer song. So many different musical styles are presented perfectly in this one song. The chorus shift, alone, is bloody brilliant!
Lovesick is reminiscent of the slower, more moody, melodic, and demonic natured opening track Happily Ever After. It’s the perfect closer with sensational vocals and a soundstage to match.
'Til Death is brilliant from start to finish. Yes, there are a couple of songs that aren't spectacular, but as an album it is flawless; recorded, mixed, and mastered beautifully.
The TIDAL Hi-Fi stream is all anyone would ever need, but I still long for that purple vinyl copy to add to my collection. It really is that good!