This is the fourth album by Spiritual Front, if you count the
collaboration with Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio. “Armageddon Gigolo”
breathes maturity in every aspect.
Convincing songs, a professional sounding band with a full production.
Like before, Simone Salvatori tread the borders of folk, pop, rock, traditional Italian music and even gospel (on the final track). ‘Mafia folk’ and ‘Nihilist Suicide Pop’ are just some of the terms invented for this music, which goes much further than neo-folk.
This time Spiritual Front sounds more accessible then ever, perhaps
losing some of the raw cult feeling surrounding this act, but
compensating with a collection of excellent songs.
The four piece band is assisted by multiple guests musicians (including Matt Howden), mostly on strings and backing vocals.
Of course (homo) eroticism is the main theme as always, which becomes clear from the cover and song titles like ‘Cruisin’ and ‘Love through vaseline’.
On the first song ‘Slave’, Salvatori’s vocals reminds very much of Nick
Cave, a comparison which is enhanced by the dark romantic atmosphere.
One of the highlights is ‘I walk the (dead)line’, a moody and moving ballad with a refrain you’ll besinging along instantly.
In fact, many of the songs have earwurm qualities, like ‘Jesus died in Las Vegas’ or the new version of ‘No kisses on the mouth’.
1 Slave (4:11)
2 Bastard Angel (5:03)
3 I Walk The (Dead) Line (3:27)
4 The Shining Circle (3:51)
5 My Kingdom For A Horse (3:36)
6 Jesus Died In Las Vegas (5:21)
7 Cruisin' (4:24)
8 Love Through Vaseline (4:49)
9 Ragged Bed (5:17)
10 No Kisses On The Mouth (3:38)
11 Redemption Or Myself (2:53)
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