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Having taken 15 months to see completion, the Horror’s fourth album Luminous doesn’t waste any time taking its time. Sure enough, “Chasing Shadows” begins the album with a deliberately ponderous three minutes of atmosphere to set the table for what turns out to be an adventurous, sonically rich and rewarding trip to the far ends of alternative rock and its electronic counterparts. Songs such as “First Day of Spring” and the excellent “So Now You Know” scream for the headphones where one can enjoy the layers of sound that blur with the use of extra reverb. “In and Out of Sight” screams for the dance floor with its kinetic beats, while Faris Badwan’s vocals are mixed in such a way that only more headphone listening will extract the meaning of this flow. Clearly, keyboardist Tom Furse deserves a raise, for he carries the band’s sound through “Jealous Sun,” “Falling Star” and “Sleepwalk,” though guitarist Joshua Third does his best to keep pace. Only “Change Your Mind” slows down and allows enough space for Badwan to get intimate before the chorus shows up and the band revs up the sound once again.

Customer Reviews


If you are a die hard Horrors fan you are going to be disappointed with the album Luminous. Somewhere between Steely Dan, and a Bollywood soundtrack, Luminous departs from The Horrors previous post punk and Gothic Rock roots. However if you are just looking for new music, and have no knowledge of the horrors go ahead and get it. My ten dollars would have been better spent on a burger.

I need more Horrors!

The Horrors are one of the most underrated bands even after winning NME best album of the year for their last album, Skying. I would have given them 5 stars but I have yet to hear the entire new album.

Very cool...

I love the consistent overall electronic vibe of this album although it doesn't sound entirely like electronic music per se. I especially love "So Now You Know," "I See You" and "Change Your Mind." The rest of the album is so fun - music I can either chill to or play at one of my parties! The Horrors are still at the top of their game; and yes, despite what some other negative critiques or opinions are of this album, I am a fan so it's all good by me. No one sounds like them. This album provides some variety from their previous excellent album Skying. Totally belongs in every goth-pop fan's collection, and see The Horrors live when they come to a stage near you!


Formed: 2005 in Southend-on-Sea, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Beginning as a big-haired, black-clad garage punk outfit and soon morphing into something more experimental, the Horrors featured singer Faris Badwan, bassist Tomethy Furse, guitarist Joshua Von Grimm, drummer Coffin Joe, and keyboardist Spider Webb. The Horrors formed in the summer of 2005 and quickly gained notoriety around London for their look, sound, and brief but frantic live shows. Loog soon signed them, and the Horrors released their official debut single, Sheena Is a Parasite/Jack the Ripper,...
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