Antichrisis

Perfume

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If there's any truth to the notion that a band's third album is its "make it or break it" recording and if there's any sense of justice in the music industry, Perfume should be the undeniable commercial breakthrough release for Antichrisis. While their debut, Cantara Anachoreta, was a dark and sometimes chilling affair that explored the many forms of metal-based music, Antichrisis' follow-up, A Legacy of Love, relied heavily on brooding folk-pop as a means of artistic expression. On Perfume, frontman Sid effortlessly merges those two diametrically opposed musical styles, creating a unique and unified sound. This recording is comprised of edgy pop and alternative rock with slight hints of their earlier metal and goth stylings (which were the impetus behind their false labeling as goth rockers). On Perfume, Antichrisis clearly demonstrate that they are beyond simple categorization. Not many modern rock bands can successfully incorporate Irish pipes in this type of musical setting, nor alternate lead vocals of such differing qualities, coupling Sid's cynicism and smugness with Dragonfly's steadiness and melodic sense. The song "Dragonflies" is a fitting example of piper Alexander "Naex" May's superb talent and singer Dragonfly's ability to non-verbally complement the Uilleann pipes-derived melody. Antichrisis revisit their troubling yet brilliant piece about rape and abuse, "Goodbye to Jane," and rarely has a Led Zeppelin classic been turned completely upside down yet still retain its inherent attitude and meaning, as evidenced by "Whole Lotta Love."

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