Album Review: The New Jacobin Club – “Soldiers of the Mark”

PromoImageRelease Date: September 2, 2014

1. The Mark (4:02)
2. Parade of Innocents (4:41)
3. Champagne Ivy(4:00)
4. Angel MMXIV (2:48)
5. A Grey Day to Die (3:53)
6. Into the Fire (5:26)
7. Garthim (3:58)
8. My Smile (2:47)
9. Seal of Metatron  (3:50)
10. Return to Eden (2:46)

Album Length:  38:15

Upon first glimpse of this sextet of Saskatonians on the inside sleeve of their new full-length album packaging (shown below), The New Jacobin Club‘s group photo could quite possibly be mistaken for that announcement poster so many of us see late in October in our local periodicals: Now Playing at (Your Local Grindhouse Theater): The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Except there’s something different about it this time around… Ah, yes! This year, it features special guests Twisted Sister and The Misfits!

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The band bears the name of the controversial and influential political club that played a major role in the development of the French Revolution, known for its “radical, left-wing revolutionary politics” and “for creating a strong government that could deal with the needs of war, economic chaos, and internal rebellion”. Push the politics aside, and what you’re left with is an eclectic group of musicians who combine their talents with a radical live show to create a theatrical experience that often features unsettling freak-show stunts and numerous pyrotechnic tricks. Since forming in the mid-90’s as a three-piece, the group has shared the stage with KMFDM, Voltaire, The Groovie Ghoulies, Nashville Pussy, and The Nekromantix.

Although they’ve gained a following through their engaging live performances, their recordings are not to be overlooked as some kind of consolation prize. Incorporating an electric cello, keyboards, synthesizers and even a theremin, The New Jacobin Club boasts a unique sound that bounces back and forth between the genres of classic goth, arena rock, power metal, blues, folk, and a touch of industrial. Their newest album, Soldiers of the Mark, is chock full of complex arrangements that utilize all of these instruments along with a headbanging rhythm section of guitar, bass and drums that often lead in to a chorus of both male and female vocals singing in harmony.

Just as your mother always told you, never judge a book by it’s cover. Before you realize it, you’ll be headbanging along as you progress through Soldiers of the Mark. Here’s the first single “Champagne Ivy” off of their new album, due out September 2, 2014 through Manticore Music Group. Their album is available on their Bandcamp, CD Baby, and iTunes.

RIYL (Recommended If You Like) = Misfits, Danzig, Horrorpops, AFI, Creepshow, GWAR

For more info on the band and their previous releases, check out Asher Media Relations for their full EPK.

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