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Nocturne: Guide To Extinction

This record really rocks - and you'll be nodding your head by the time the first track finishes.

Founder Lacey Conner is a striking woman with an otherworldly voice and in large measure, Guide To Extinction is defined by her vocals. Sometimes they're an elegant soprano sung lightly over simple distorted rhythm. But many tracks feature an odd Exorcist-meets-Shirley Temple vibe, with the occasional infusion of Kate Bush. In a single stanza Conner can go through a dizzying array of voices that will keep you spinning this CD to try to figure it out.

With 13 tracks in 51 minutes, with the longest being just over 5 minutes, this is a radio-friendly body of work that could easily garner airtime courtesy of that unusual singing. And with titles like "They'll Never Find Your Body","Cocaine Sex" and "Dead Man", you'd think it was death or at least black metal. Not so. There's a lot of electronica, making it almost progressive in parts. There are crunchy minor-chord guitar riffs and a heavy bottom end, making it almost metal. Yet there's an intense industrial vein that works its way through this music as well. It is relatively straightforward music with occasional voiceovers and other effects to drive home the point of each song.

The lyrics, nicely printed in the CD's insert are thoughtful in some songs, a little pointless in others. The insert also makes the point that the CD is dedicated to Lacey's mom who sadly passed away in December 2004.

Conner and Guitarist / programmer Chris Telkes were a couple for eight and a half years. But now ... let's just say that as listeners, we are the beneficiaries of the tension that must have existed in the studio and is clearly apparent in many passages.

Track Listing:
1 Shallow (3:47)
2 I Lie (3:51)
3 Alibi (3:24)
4 Passion (3:49)
5 Walk Away (5:19)
6 Indulge (3:19)
7 Class War (4:04)
8 Nothing (4:01)
9 Dirty Sanchez (2:56)
10 No Way Out (4:22)
11 Dead Man (4:33)
12 Cocaine Sex (4:51)
13 They'll Never Find Your Body (2:57)

Added: May 6th 2005
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: Nocturne's Website
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Language: english

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