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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.

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THE HORRORS

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.

Skying … Over a Dark Sky.

The Horrors established themselves as a force to be reckoned with on their last studio album, Skying. Luminous follows up brilliantly on their hazy, neo-psychoedlica, brit alt-rock with even bolder sounds and a newfound confidence.

Take "So Now You Know," for instance. The song dynamics echo Skying's second track "You Said" (one of my all-time Horrors favorites) - The song builds slowly at first, allowing little flickers of shimmering light to peer through as the synths rise and begin to form. The drums and bass then kick in, instantly forging a spellbinding groove that holds you in dreamy bliss until the vocals come in. And by the time you get to that last chorus, the energy is just perfectly contagious and inviting, and luminous is no longer just the album title - it's a real thing that you understand and feel as you listen.

The rest of the album continues this great trend of carefully-built grooves in dark soundscapes. There's even a great ballad-type piece in 6/8 time called "Change Your Mind" that's quite unlike any other Horrors song I've ever heard. Very experimental, and very enjoyable.

If you dare to seek music that is challenging, and ultimately rewarding, the Horrors do not disappoint. And if you liked Skying, you will like this a great deal. Definitely one of the year's best offerings so far.

Badical

I don't know what album the haters listened to because this is amazing. Bands should grow and progress over time and The Horrors have. Top notch stuff.

Biography

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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