Friday, July 22, 2011

RED QUEEN THEORY: "Red Queen Theory"

Rating: 8/10

Label: Indie 2011

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Quirky, progressive, alternative, different, outside the box material with the cutest female vocalist you've ever seen. I know, I know, sexist pig and all that... but I'm sure I got your attention and now you can wait to check out the band (filthy bastards). Well, if so, you're doing it for all the wrong reasons since we're talking about a smashing new U.S. band with excellent material and dito vocals. The haunting, out-of-ordinary lead vocals by Elisabeth Tseng and the strong backup harmonies by keyboardist Jennifer Chung are a h-u-g-e part of the Red Queen Theory sound.

Make no mistake, the two ladies of the band are what makes RQT stand out from the rest of the wannabees. They are NOT just another 'Goth' act as these guys blend Prog and alternative sounds with Kate Bush madness and classical, close to operatic styles with a hint of foreign asia (they're from Seattle, WA. though?). Tseng is a star in the making and her pitch and range is way above average. However, she's not even remotely close to the utterly annoying hi-pitch vocals of Tarja (Nightwish).

On the one hand you have these heavy, hard hitting riffs and on the other, lushy keyboard melodies and angelic vocals. It's big drama and lovely melodies and thank God, not just another Nighwish, Within Temptation clone goth act. Hello America - wake up and get these guys a fat recording contract a.s.a.p.

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