URBAN TALES – Loneliness Still Is The Friend

URBAN TALES - Loneliness Still Is The Friend
  • 8/10
    URBAN TALES - Loneliness Still Is The Friend - 8/10


Compact Records
Release date: April 2, 2011

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10/10 (1 vote)

A couple of years back, Diary Of A No, the debut release by Portuguese Goth Rockers, Urban Tales, showed a great deal of promise, and with the song “In Purity”, they had a bona fide classic in their repertoire.

Approaching the “difficult second album” is always a hurdle for any band to overcome, and while some bands succeed, many others have fallen at this stage. Fortunately for Urban Tales, they have taken the potential displayed on their first album and have built on those solid foundations to produce an accomplished collection of dark, melancholic, and hugely melodic Gothic-inspired Rock songs.

Musically, the heavier parts are heavier and the lighter parts are more delicate, and it is this contrast that gives the album real diversity and dynamics. Opener “Silent Cries” covers the whole range of emotions in a single song. “Crying” and “Stand Alone” soothe and caress while “Another Day” packs a real punch, yet retains a hook so sharp it’ll bury itself into your subconscious for days. “Fly Away” and “Celebrate Nothing”, with its “Dr. Feelgood” style riff are amongst the many highlights, perfectly encapsulating Urban Tales’ grasp of power, drama, and melody.

Lead singer Marcos Cesar manages to avoid the pitfalls of many of his peers, and rather than adopting the limited “Cookie Monster” style growls, he prefers to sing in a rich baritone style that evokes a mix of Japan’s David Sylvian and HIM’s Ville Valo. His emotive grasp of melody is the real strength of the band.

Urban Tales have taken a huge leap forward from their first album, and if they continue to grow and develop to the same extent over the coming years, then there’s no denying they will soon be heading to the next level and beyond.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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