(by Fondas SumerSon)
A few years ago not many people would have thought that Costa Rica would be the home of great goth rock bands. However Draconian Incubus from San Jose changed this. The band left its mark on the scene with its dark and powerful goth rock, through its 3 releases (2 full length albums & one ep). However, as years passed by, they had a change in their musical direction, leaving their goth endeavors in order to explore new musical terrains. But this is exactly what gave birth to Last Dusk. Carfax, one of their founding members, decided to follow the path of his heart and remain devoted to what he loved the most in music: Gothic rock! Old school, post-punkish, often occult-themed goth rock, unaffected by commercial trends, to be precise.
Last Dusk started their dark trip around 2012, with the release of their debut ep “Trismegistus”, which made many people pay attention to them. The highlight of its impact was their cracking appearance in Sacrosanct festival, one of the most cult festivals in Europe, taking place yearly in Reading-UK!
After some line-up changes Last Dusk’s new offering, their first full-length album “memento mori”, is finally here! With this release the band proves that they have no reason to be envious of any well established European goth rock/dark wave act! Old school guitars and bass lines, strong dark wave drumming, rich keyboard layers and synth-choirs and imposing goth vocals with a wide range of influences from Love Like Blood and House of Usher to Bauhaus and Christian Death or even Cinema Strange. The album will appeal equally to fans of traditional goth rock, as well as lovers of post punk and dark wave.
The songs vary from goth rock anthems (The Broken Altar, The Fool, Oblivion) and mystical ritualistic songs (The devil’s flower) to cobweb-covered batcave tunes (Memento Mori). The new versions of “Evocation” and “The Outsider” are indeed upgraded, sounding fresh now with more keyboards. Special tip: The closing track of the album “There’s a thing in the garden….” is a Crowley-inspired, hypnotic occult diamond! A narration of thelemic inspiration in Greek is used as an intro, while Aleister Crowley reciting verses from “the Poet” serves as the song’s outro. This should be enough to help you understand the atmosphere that the band creates in this dark hymn. What a track!
Production wise the sound might slightly lack in strength and clarity, but this is probably done deliberately by the band who rather prefers a retro dark wave sound which serves their purpose right, at the end of the day.
I suggest you check out this band because they have a lot to offer. Their devotion to goth and the culture that has built around it, is not something you come across very often. Long Live the Goth Underground… Long Live Last Dusk!