Flowers in Flames – the debut album review
Venus in furs
What can I be without you
(‘Shadows and Darkness’)
Can you imagine what could have happened if ‘Christian Death’ was formed in the late 60’s? If no, the debut album of ‘Flowers in Flames’ will probably help you with it. The album consists of the songs, written by the band’s two leaders – Cynthia Dimitroff (the songs ‘Introspection’, ‘Third Wave’, ‘Last Days’ and ‘Golden Town’) and David Chavez (‘Shadows and Darkness’, ‘Terrify Sin’, ‘All the Glitter’, ‘Cursed with a Flame’, ‘Vesper’, ‘Stare at the Stars’). This collaboration of two authors and lead vocalists makes wonderful musical additions to each other’s songs, but keeps the album fluid and monolith as well. Cynthia’s songs have the ‘Velvet Underground’ thing, and remind us their best works, for example, ‘Third Wave’ can be strongly associated with ‘Heroin’. Dave’s songs, in turn, are more ‘Christian Death’ish of ‘Catastrophe Ballet’ and ‘Ashes’ period.
But it doesn’t mean that a listener will find ‘Velvet Underground’ copy in Cynthia’s songs and ‘Christian Death’ copy in Dave’s ones. As it was said, the songs are strongly connected with each other and all of them have really different things, influences and origins. ‘Flowers in Flames’ creates the new music, which comes from the past. The band has no any exact style. Maybe, some years later it will be called ‘post-deathrock’, but at the moment there’re no any other representatives of ‘Flowers in Flames’ genre. At least, those ones which are ‘on the view’.
Regarding to the music itself, the single chapter which would be lovely to notice is the arrangement of the music. Everything’s done very professionally and carefully, all the backing vocals, repetitions and the lines of the instruments are exactly in their places. All the compositions have the unreflectable beauty of decadence and romanticism, combined with pre- and post-punky energy at once. Also ‘Flowers in Flames’ songs have the special thing which is quite hard to notice after first listening: there’re some pieces where the instruments stop for some time and then ‘run for the rhythm’, it can be seen in the line of the drum ‘irons’ in ‘Introspection’, string instruments of ‘Vesper’ and in some other songs too. This thing wonderfully fits the compositions and makes quite a psychedelic effect as ‘the illusion of broken rhythms’.
It’d be lovely to say in conclusion that this original combination of influences plus the professionalism and the view of the musicians, which caused the ‘Flowers in Flames’ phenomenon, will make this band interesting for fans of very different music styles, such as glam rock, psychedelic rock, post-punk, deathrock and different ‘goth’ music.
Pall ‘Nattsol’ Zarutskiy
“Grave Jibes Fanzine”