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   MARBLE ARCH
Another Sunday Bright
2002
Century Media
http://www.marblearch.nu


rating: 3/5

1. A Million Crises
2. Silent Dance
3. For Real
4. The Inmost
5. Not The Ones
6. Fellow Sinner
7. Lead Air
8. End Of Words
9. Sudden Showers
10. Last Day Ever
What's wrong with yesterday's shag? You got it, it has already been done. Marble Arch are yet again another band from Sweden, the country that seems to be producing high quality metal more than enough for one metalhead's needs. The only thing is that with Marble Arch we can't actually mention the word "metal" in the same sentence with the band and the only thing where the phrase "high quality" comes in handy is the production. The album was recorded and mixed at Astia studios in Finland by Anssi Kippo and the sounds are really clear and enjoyable to listen to. This five piece band plays melancholic light rock that some people might also call gothic rock. I won't though as I hear no goth here whatsoever.

The songs are mellow and reeking sadness and melancholy on a certain standard. If you compare this to Katatonia, Marble Arch are still lightyears away from sounding depressive. Actually more than any of those, this is reeking The Cure and some pop/rock and also some slightly heavier influences with a calm and longing touch. More or less the same stuff bands like HIM, Entwine and Lacuna Coil have already done. That's what I hear in this: already been done. Albeit most of the songs are semi-catchy, the ultimate number 1 hit is missing. The singer, Johan Wadelius, sounds a bit typical and at the same time suitable for this kind of melancholic pop/rock. The overall outcome is somewhat pleasant for your ears, but the problem is that it doesn't seem to be able to awaken any other emotions. It just flows in the background. Although Marble Arch will most likely never become one of my favorites, it's easy to predict a bright future for them. Recommended for friends of melancholic light rock.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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