Amos - Gothic Soul
After selling out of their first pressing of Gothic Soul, Amos has re-issued a re-mastered version of this great album with three bonus tracks and new artwork. The album is distributed through Fear Dark Records, but unfortunately they have also sold out. The album is still available through many outlets like radrockers.com. This Brazilian band plays progressive, doomy gothic metal with plenty of melody and emotion. Amos has been together for around eight years and it shows, as musically they are a pretty tight unit. The guitar work of Helder Domingues and Evandro Vaz impresses me the most, especially the very well placed solos. Rodrigo Shimabukuro also pulls off an impressive vocal performance, often reminding me of Robert Baum of Undish. Occasionally, his vocals sound a little shaky, but for the most part I like what I hear...that depressing, haunting gothic sound.
Lyrically, the band keeps it simple yet powerful, staying clear of common cliché pitfalls. The standout cuts here are "Flower of Blood" and "Master" - two of the faster tracks. The bonus tracks, "Master", "Eternal Love", and "The Son of God", are off of their 1997 demo "Comfort in Trouble". However, the songs have been re-recorded after all the other newer songs and sound just as good as all the other tunes. Overall, Amos has created a very enjoyable record that I have yet to tire of listening to.
Review By: Matt Morrow
Total Songs: 11
Total Time: 47:05
Tracklisting: 1. Prelude, 2. In the Storm, 3. Stranger, 4. Promise, 5. Flower of Blood, 6. Memories, 7. Gothic Soul, 8. Evil's Root, 9. Master, 10. Eternal Love, 11. The Son of God.
Best Songs: Tracks 5 and 9.
Band Lineup: Rodrigo Shimabukuro - Bass/Vocals, Evandro Vaz - Guitars, Klayson D'Moraes - Drums, Helder Domingues - Guitars, Denis Subtil - Keyboards.
Band Website: http://www.amosband.hpg.ig.com.br/