What Shock Cinema does on their â€œOur Way Is Revengeâ€, and particularly during the opening track â€œBreathe Againâ€, is recall the goth rock of bands like Siouxie and the Banshees and the Sisters of Mercy. The punk-like tempo is the only derivation from that formula, and it is this blending together of styles that brings Shock Cinema from 1987 to 2007. The guitar work is another strong piece of this band, and provides another â€œhighâ€ to match with the â€œhighâ€ of the vocalist. â€œBreathe Againâ€ represents the bandâ€™s first single, and will ensure that listeners stick around through â€œArt of Noirâ€. Shock Cinema approaches a much more sultry and Waitresses-like sound for â€œArt of Noirâ€.
The one thing that is not changed between the two tracks would have to be the radio friendliness of the band. Each of these tracks could easilyÂ make it onto alternative rock radio without syncopation or other modifications. â€œNew Threatsâ€ ratchets back up the speed while maintain the slower vocal stylings of â€œArt of Noir=. Of the tracks on â€œOur Way is Revengeâ€, â€œNew Threatsâ€ seems to be the one that most closely approximates the current period. The use of a rockabilly like guitar line at point, plus the alternative leanings of the rest of the band, make this into what could conceivably be the bandâ€™s crossover hit. Shock Cinema move back to the eyeliner and black clothes style for â€œHowling Door (Evasion)â€. In this track, hints of 45 Grave and Bauhaus show up. Shock Cinema succeed throughout the entirety of â€œOur Way is Revengeâ€ because they clove all bases of goth music. While the band is so much more than a goth band, their nucleus remains in that style. It is the revision of that tepid genre that nets Shock Cinema their biggest hits on â€œOur Way is Revengeâ€.
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