I confess that sometimes isn’t easy to put in words the sonance I hear while writing a review. There are some efforts that really can’t fit into any labeling or the music they do is so complex and intricate that it’s hard to deal with them when you don’t have the tools to do so. From where I’m standing with all the knowledge I have about music, Her Despair and “Exorcisms of Eroticism” sound pretty much gothic. The drive idea of gothic I do get, but I don’t get the music at all. I mean I don’t know gothic rock so much to pass a judgement. All the melancholy and sadness are things that I get. I do really and I share them. It’s me who calls this planet of sad and lonely and pathetic, remember?
Vocalist J has that kind of manly and low voice that we all miss sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, but sometimes a man must sound as a man. Otherwise why the many expressions “Be a man!,” “Take it as a man!,” “Man up!”? By be a man I don’t to be a machist or else, it’s not it, please. It’s just a different way of singing because this kind male and low tuned voice has limitations. The singer must know how to deal with them and very few knew it. The first that comes to mind is The Doors’ Jim Morrison. Poor example? I don’t think so. Whatever.
The six tracks of “Exorcisms of Eroticism” are full of melancholy, but also full of other samples of emotion. Her Despair took the best from all the despair and anguish that live with all of us these days. “Exorcisms of Eroticism” is a great example of six songs that were build up to embellish a voice and an idea. Instrumentals are the clothing to this oniric piece of music letting all the beauty flow in tracks as “Beyond the Veil” and “Final Rest.” This obssession they have with death and the dead turned into some beautiful and delicate veils. I guess that Her Despair tried to give voice to all the human tragedy there is in this sad, sick, lonely, and pathetic planet of ours. And there’s of human tragedy around here. In a society that makes you believe that everybody must be happy, I guess everybody has the right to be real sad every now and then. So Her Despair “Exorcisms of Eroticism” is the perfect soundtrack for those days when the only thing you feel is the urge to cry. Be a man they say. The hell with them and let me cry some more… Don’t you think so?
Her Despair “Exorcisms of Eroticism” will be released on November 22nd.
- The Exorcism
- In That Moment
- Like a Crucifixion
- Beyond the Veil
- Final Rest
Watch “The Exorcism” official music video here: