The House of Wonders (Alfa Matrix)
release date: 3/15/2013
by Scott Hefflon
Debut full-length (25 tracks, including lots of remixes, on the deluxe version!) from this Belgian duo, Ladyhell and Corpus Christi. They love Evanescence, Garbage, and Lacuna Coil and it shows. Producer Victor Love (Dope Stars Inc.) pushes Ladyhell’s vocals WAY to the front. Obnoxiously so, in fact. But seeing as the electro dirge rock background is often bland, it gives the listener something to hang onto. “Mother of the Universe” stands out because it reminds of the amazing and much-missed Drain STH. Lyrical cliches abound and atmospheres often hampered by heavy-handed musicianship and questionable mixing decisions make The House Of Wonders a chore to sift through, but it’s obvious there’s the start of something beautiful here. A more balanced mix and less lyrics about burning in my soul and such rubbish and this band might mature into something truly remarkable.