Paralysed Age

Into the Ice

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Forgive the suddenly juvenile reviewer for breaking out his third-rate Mike Myers' "Sprockets" routine from Saturday Night Live -- at one listen to a goth record from a Rhineland duo with German-accented singing and drum machine dance beats. "Now we dance!" Good thing you can't see it. Anyway, Paralysed Age is a group who mixes it up, with Michael's metallic-industrial guitars mixed with lighter-picked sounds; Andrea's gothic, doomy synths; repetitive structures that are a bit reminiscent of the Cure circa Pornography; and Michael's very serious-toned singing. There is a strong accent -- words like "many" are sung like "money." But as this writer prefers music sung in English, it just makes this medieval chill more distinctive. And at times his voice sounds as perturbed as the young Magazine-era Howard Devoto mixed with low-register David Bowie and a little Don Pardo. (Oh no, not SNL again.) It's heavy, atmosphere music for goths and moths.

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