Shifting between dark melodies and haunting soundscapes, Ukraine's My Personal Murderer could be the underground Depeche Mode of this decade.
On "Sisters Loving Brothers," they explore a more atmospheric sound whilst delving deeper into their gothic sound than their previous metal-tinged exploits. Whether it's a simple keyboard riff that stands out in the mix or a subtle backbeat, the electronics beautifully meld the music together, especially on the single "Vitreous Paramour," which has a cold, dark post-punk feel akin to that of "Unknown Pleasures" era Joy Division. The heavy-hearted lyrics paint odd stories of isolation, confusion, and sorrow but do so in beautiful ways (check out the track "Danger Dancer"). Vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Yevgen "Weeper" Chebotarenko has a slightly off-kilter voice that never hits all the right notes but sounds all the better because of it. His warm, mid-range crooning laid on top of the groovy bass rhythms of Maxim Kovalchuk adds a nice flavor to the more upbeat songs like "Witchfriend" or "He'll." Drummer Yuriy Kononov's beats are often dancy and add more than just a backbone to the songs.
Even at the heights of this release, one can't help but think that they've heard all of this before. The tone and moods are familiar, but so well executed that it's hard to have a problem with it. At the same time, the album may fall victim to becoming more of a tributary effort rather than sporting its own unique traits. Overall, Sisters Loving Brothers
will probably fly under the radar for most, but deserves to be heard nonetheless