The Mysterious Freakshow - The Mysterious Freakshow
Gothrock, Darkwave 2012 gave birth to Steampunk act The Mysterious Freakshow, who mix a dark psychadelic rock attitude with pop sensations. Their style is awesome; the gentlemen wear top hats (one taller than the other; in this case, the taller hat wins), the woman dress in corsets and stylized blouses, and front woman of the group, Fey Pink, has some amazing eyes and hair that stands tall like a mad scientist. These four elegant yet promising people all form together under one banner and aim to create a unique sound and an act like that you've never seen before.

Me being a bit of an appreciator of all things Steampunk (I wouldn't say I'm a fan, considering I haven't fully explored the genre), you could say I am a bit more than ecstatic to be given the chance to review this album. Anyway, forwards and onwards to the music.

Their debut release takes on the same name as the band, and its a perfect introductory course to such a band of loons. Hedge Witch gives off a definite punk sensation to a mix of guitars, drums, and overall witchy lyrics. With this one song, you can tell these guys are aiming to both have fun, and make a creative song through crafty lyrics and compulsive sounds.

Let Nature Take You rolls out a more acoustic sound, allowing Fey's vocals to make an impact on the listener's ears through and through. And, after such a soft centered track, the more funky Sand Dunes takes approach. Though this may not be the purpose of the song, I immediately thought of a sexy scene in a B-rated movie starring a female lead who's dressed in an all too skimpy outfit and her lover sweet talking her right before a bout in bed. But, still, the song came out awesome. And, the lead vocalist was able to carry out a different set of chords once more; you can tell it's her through each song, but she manages to change it up so each song doesn't sound the same as the previous.

With the first minute including minimal instrumentation and forcing out more of a spoken word way of delivering lyrical content, the soft, yet still sort of funky sound came in. The drum work was stellar in this track, the light guitar strumming carrying the song even further. The bass provided an overall support for all of this to stand on, and it delivered very well. This was a song where each member of the band's individual talents were greatly appreciated.

Carrying out a bit more of a high pitched voice than before, The Song Of Love including some light piano work way in the background. By this time, I had been drawn into the album and really didn't wanna be let go by far.

International Mogrels gave out a bit more of a message in an aggressive form. For example, lyrics such as, "I piss on you, you racist scoundrels," were bellowed out with an I-don't-give-a-fuck attitude, and I absolutely adored that.

When Sunshine Girl, the intro was good, but for some reason, the vocalist sounded a little flat when it came to singing. That was soon fixed once the song was done building up and the vocal delivery kicked up a notch. Still mounting a sooth, but awesome stance, this track was decent once more.

Cynical came next to last, still involving the punk-ish flow to fly free, and Excited certainly played off a faster tune that sort of reminded me of something that would be in a Western flick with the way the guitar was played off.

And, boy, going through this album has left me with a taste of energy on my tongue, and has also left me in want of more. These guys are good, and they have an absolute blast creating and playing music. Very eclectic sensibilities in the way they draw inspirations from all over, these four got something going for them, and it'll take Hellfire, maybe even more than that, to stop them from continuing on.
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The Mysterious Freakshow - The Mysterious Freakshow

7.5
"Good"
Released off label 2014
2012 gave birth to Steampunk act The Mysterious Freakshow, who mix a dark psychadelic rock attitude with pop sensations. Their style is awesome; the gentlemen wear top hats (one taller than the other; in this case, the taller hat wins), the woman dress in corsets and stylized blouses, and front woman of the group, Fey Pink, has some amazing eyes and hair that stands tall like a mad scientist. These four elegant yet promising people all form together under one banner and aim to create a unique sound and an act like that you've never seen before.

Me being a bit of an appreciator of all things Steampunk (I wouldn't say I'm a fan, considering I haven't fully explored the genre), you could say I am a bit more than ecstatic to be given the chance to review this album. Anyway, forwards and onwards to the music.

Their debut release takes on the same name as the band, and its a perfect introductory course to such a band of loons. Hedge Witch gives off a definite punk sensation to a mix of guitars, drums, and overall witchy lyrics. With this one song, you can tell these guys are aiming to both have fun, and make a creative song through crafty lyrics and compulsive sounds.

Let Nature Take You rolls out a more acoustic sound, allowing Fey's vocals to make an impact on the listener's ears through and through. And, after such a soft centered track, the more funky Sand Dunes takes approach. Though this may not be the purpose of the song, I immediately thought of a sexy scene in a B-rated movie starring a female lead who's dressed in an all too skimpy outfit and her lover sweet talking her right before a bout in bed. But, still, the song came out awesome. And, the lead vocalist was able to carry out a different set of chords once more; you can tell it's her through each song, but she manages to change it up so each song doesn't sound the same as the previous.

With the first minute including minimal instrumentation and forcing out more of a spoken word way of delivering lyrical content, the soft, yet still sort of funky sound came in. The drum work was stellar in this track, the light guitar strumming carrying the song even further. The bass provided an overall support for all of this to stand on, and it delivered very well. This was a song where each member of the band's individual talents were greatly appreciated.

Carrying out a bit more of a high pitched voice than before, The Song Of Love including some light piano work way in the background. By this time, I had been drawn into the album and really didn't wanna be let go by far.

International Mogrels gave out a bit more of a message in an aggressive form. For example, lyrics such as, "I piss on you, you racist scoundrels," were bellowed out with an I-don't-give-a-fuck attitude, and I absolutely adored that.

When Sunshine Girl, the intro was good, but for some reason, the vocalist sounded a little flat when it came to singing. That was soon fixed once the song was done building up and the vocal delivery kicked up a notch. Still mounting a sooth, but awesome stance, this track was decent once more.

Cynical came next to last, still involving the punk-ish flow to fly free, and Excited certainly played off a faster tune that sort of reminded me of something that would be in a Western flick with the way the guitar was played off.

And, boy, going through this album has left me with a taste of energy on my tongue, and has also left me in want of more. These guys are good, and they have an absolute blast creating and playing music. Very eclectic sensibilities in the way they draw inspirations from all over, these four got something going for them, and it'll take Hellfire, maybe even more than that, to stop them from continuing on. Aug 10 2014

Off label

Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.

Steven Gullotta

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I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.

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