Victorient - The Old Curiosity Shop
Goth, Metal This is a case where a band should have held their release or saved it as a demo. The Old Curiosity Shop is a nine track, self-released and debut album from Goth rockers Victorient. The duo hails from Croydon, England and pride themselves on having a weird taste with an old fashioned name. I will not be one who will put them down for their fashion or style; in fact, that's the first thing that struck me as awesome upon learning of them. However, their music is less than stellar. 

From the beginning of the album with 'Storm Within', I found myself listening to muddy songs with wrong or terrible mastering. That comes as a huge disappointment because Sam and Tansy both have a decent vocals. Their mesh of 80s Goth and modern melodic rock is actually quite decent, but the fact that the quality is so dipped is terrifying especially when considering the files I have are in .wav format. 

I went through the album once, and on my second listen I skipped through songs left and right and found myself at the end within two minutes. I do not meant to jest at Victorient, as they do have talent, they just aren't executing it right. They need to get back in the studio with a professional producer, re-record their vocals, keys, guitars, drums, everything, and come back out with this album. 

I could see The Old Curiosity Shop being a passable demo that a band would submit to a label for possible consideration, but as a stand alone album I cannot recommend this to anyone. Get back in the studio and redo the wrong that's been done, and I think that you'll come out with your full talent on show. 
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Brutal Resonance

Victorient - The Old Curiosity Shop

5.0
"Mediocre"
Released off label 2016
This is a case where a band should have held their release or saved it as a demo. The Old Curiosity Shop is a nine track, self-released and debut album from Goth rockers Victorient. The duo hails from Croydon, England and pride themselves on having a weird taste with an old fashioned name. I will not be one who will put them down for their fashion or style; in fact, that's the first thing that struck me as awesome upon learning of them. However, their music is less than stellar. 

From the beginning of the album with 'Storm Within', I found myself listening to muddy songs with wrong or terrible mastering. That comes as a huge disappointment because Sam and Tansy both have a decent vocals. Their mesh of 80s Goth and modern melodic rock is actually quite decent, but the fact that the quality is so dipped is terrifying especially when considering the files I have are in .wav format. 

I went through the album once, and on my second listen I skipped through songs left and right and found myself at the end within two minutes. I do not meant to jest at Victorient, as they do have talent, they just aren't executing it right. They need to get back in the studio with a professional producer, re-record their vocals, keys, guitars, drums, everything, and come back out with this album. 

I could see The Old Curiosity Shop being a passable demo that a band would submit to a label for possible consideration, but as a stand alone album I cannot recommend this to anyone. Get back in the studio and redo the wrong that's been done, and I think that you'll come out with your full talent on show. 
Mar 10 2016

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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