Goth/Darkwave music can be such a pleasure to listen to. The dark and grim atmosphere, goth eroticism, vampires and pale maidens. How can it not be fascinating?
It can also, sadly, be misunderstood and transgress a line that
turns it all into cheese. Or just go bust in a flurry of lacking professionalism.
The Russian combo Fright Night has created something that I can best interpret
as a piece of work that should have had much more time to develop. The kitsch
line is transgressed constantly and in effect turns 'The Play of Pain' into an
effort that is hard to endure at length.
At best, this is a pale shadow of Moonspell's more goth elements, and My Dying
Bride too, but please
don't think that there is any comparison in quality between the Portuguese and
masters and this band.
The two female members of Fright Night are beautiful, so at least the visuals
are in place, but apart from that, 'The Play of Pain' is in my humble opinion
not worth your precious time - it comes across as half-hearted and unauthentic.