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Mercurochrome
Artist: Veer Chasm http://www.myspace.com/veerchasm
Label: © Red Metaphor (independent)
 
Carving its own niche for ten years, Veer Chasm is a band for fans to sit up and take notice. They are difficult to pigeonhole into a particular style or even crossing multiple platforms. One minute, you hear gothic and new wave morphed into the present day. The next, you hear elements of Depeche Mode, the violet burning, NIN, and the Cure melded into a churning mix.
 
When I listen repeatedly to Mercurochrome, I cannot help but make a comparison to the time period and sound of the Alarma Chronicles by Daniel Amos. It left an indelible mark for the Christian alternative music scene. This is a tall shoe to fill from an historical perspective, but I believe Veer Chasm can do just that. At times, Joe Dalangin can sound like Terry Taylor, Tim McAllister (Flock Of Seagulls/World Theater), and even Billy Corgan. He has a very distinctive vocal all his own.
 
This disc has played repeatedly in my car and iPod since receiving it. There is no weak spot either. Favorite tracks are the longer ones, “(Words) The Innocent Rain”, “Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink”, and “The Siren’s Prayer”. 
 
If you are looking to get excited about music again, and not the current screamo-punk-what-rates-as-alternative variety, then Veer Chasm will help to infuse life back into your veins. If it does not speak volumes to the current landscape of music, then much is lost.
 
thecannyshark
February 2008

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