One of our favorite reviews comes from Germany, where our album seems to be more popular than it is in our home country of THESE UNITED STATES. Danke, German fans! We don’t speak the language, but according to Google Translate, Nik Brückner seems like a fan:
“The opener “Death, She Walks On” presents the first of the many strengths of the band: Nat Hornyak. The unusual a capella vocal arrangement features her immensely strong rock voice (she also hears “Nowhere Near the Blade”), she becomes a sympathetic pop voice (“Timeless Sound”) later in the album, her lyrical and balladic character (“In a Day “), musical singing (” Fractometer “) and – one does not believe it – unpacking passionate classical singing (” Angular Sterility “). This woman is making tough competition for Courtney Swain when it comes to my personal favorite singer!
With “Angular Sterility” the whole band enters. And that makes no prisoners in the first few seconds: wild, virtuoso runs, jazz scales up and down, in addition heavy riffs, lyrical flute playing – you involuntarily feel reminded of Änglagård and District 97. Then a crimsonoid figure appears on the acoustic guitar and there is – what else – a bass solo. Great! Hopefully the whole album will be like that?
Yep, the whole album is like that. The music is always Cabinets of Curiosity, recognizable and concise, but chameleon-like conjugated by different modes: bombastic jazz fusion (“Angular Sterility”, “Timeless Sound”), festive chamber gossip (“The Chemist & the Engineer”), classic keyboard program, including the corresponding sounds (“Nowhere Near the Blade”) and apocalyptic orchestral passages (“The Clockwork Pheasant”). Add to that a dreamy-sober piano ballad (“In a Day”), the ruthless rocker “The Chemist & the Engineer”, the medieval market (“Bro Science”) and, as befits a concept album, short (very short) sparks. Word passages. We learn: Being stingy with the gin is an insult. That’s how it is.
Cabinets of Curiosity are not stingy. With “The Chaos Game” they unload a real cornucopia of great, diverse music on us, and skimp on nothing at all. The album is, as I said, an impressive debut, and if the world is fair, it will catapult the band right into the center of our scene’s attention. I have not heard such a creative, versatile and courageous one for a long time. This album is a tangible surprise.”
If you can read German, go check out the original review and let us know how close Google got it!