August 1, 2023
Photo: Darren LaFreniere

Hologram is now the fifth album by this heavy/alt hard rock band which was put together by the by singer and pianist Margarita Monet and the guitarist Dave Bates in Los Angeles in 2011.

Hologram is actually the third release on the Frontiers label and pretty much follows the same formula as seen on 2019’s Universe and 2021’s The Unknown in that they produce an intoxicating combination of heavy and in your face rock with symphonic elements and a healthy dose of gothic and industrial rock too. The Unknown saw a reshaping of the band and Monet and Bates have been at it again with former rhythm guitarist David Ruiz now returning and the new bassist Justin Blair coming on board with Jamie Moreno keeping his place on the drum stool. It’s nice to see Ruiz back in the fold as he works so well with Dave Bates and the two guitars allow for heavier and more crunching riffs and just that little extra touch of sophistication.

The music is very much in the same style as early Within Temptation, Delain and Evanescence and I’ve remarked before that Margarita Monet lays down vocals with a distinct sound of Florence Welch (Florence And The Machine) and there is a touch of the raunchiness of a young Suzy Quatro in there too. Monet and Bates make for a talented team with his guitar prowess complementing the firm, strong and insistent vocals on a set of perfectly put together songs with lots of hooks to keep you entertained.

The band has a formula that works well and if you like you metal with more than a touch of gothic rock then you really ought to check out Edge Of Paradise.

Hologram

  1. Hologram (4:09)
  2. This Is Personal (3:58)
  3. Soldiers Of Danger (4:32)
  4. The Faceless (4:46)
  5. Dark (5:10)
  6. Unbeatable (2:44)
  7. Don’t Give Up On Me (3:56)
  8. One More Time (3:52)
  9. Basilisk (3:46)
  10. Another Life (5:02)

Holgram is out now on Frontiers Music