MGT “Gemini Nyte” Album Review

MGT – “Gemini Nyte”
By: Tom Hanno

MGT, as in Mark Gemini Thwaite, is releasing an album called Gemini Nyte on February 23rd. This album is collaboration between guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (former guitarist for The Mission & Peter Murphy) and vocalist Ashton Nyte (The Awakening); the album also features drums by Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke) and appearances by Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) and Lol Tolhurst & Pearl Thompson (The Cure).

“All the Broken Things” opens the album, and gives the listeners a really nice sense of where this album is going. I can hear elements of bands like The Cure within the vocals, the guitar work is driving, and well put together. The production throughout the album is very well done, there is no overpowering of other instruments, and it’s clear, concise, and just done well.

“Dystopia” is another cool track, and the title is defined as an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. Sounds like a terrible place to live, but makes for a great theme lyrically. This is another track that has the eighth note style of playing, which, for me personally, is a bit overdone in this genre of music.

“Trading Faces” slows things down a bit, with its subdued acoustic guitar, and melancholy vocal work. These songs, and this one in particular, have a very 1980’s type of vibe to them, which is cool to hear in 2018.

“Everything Undone” has a really cool intro, and once the vocals hit it reminds me of a gothed out version of something Nine Inch Nails may do. When the distorted guitars kick in the NIN feel gets more pronounced, and the vocals slip into a Marilyn Manson style. This is the best song on the album in my opinion.

“Tear the Sun” has a really nice guitar intro, which features a cool echo effect. When the song starts to pick up there are some really nice synth sounds going on underneath, and it adds a cool element to the overall feel of the song.

My only complaints with this album are that there are no real variations in the vocal work; they sound the same from song to song. There are 13 songs on this album, and most of them hit over 5 minutes in length, making for a long, tedious listen in my opinion. Now, that does not mean that this was a bad album, it just means that I couldn’t get into it as a whole. MGT does this style of music very well, and I feel that fans of gothic rock will really love the album. So go and check out MGT, and be prepared for a very good example of classic goth rock music!!!!

 

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