[ALBUM REVIEW] The Black Queen – Infinite Games

Infinite Games Track Listing:

Even Still I Want To
Thrown Into The Dark
No Accusations
Your Move
Lies About You
Impossible Condition
Spatial Boundaries
100 To Zero
Porcelain Veins
One Edge Of Two

Reviewed by Casper De Ro-Ro 

With mere days until the release of the second album from The Black Queen in and final preparations being made for a worldwide tour, including a visit to Australia in January 2019, the timing seems perfect to explore infinite possibility through Infinite Games.

Even Still I Want To opens proceedings with an air of foreboding as dark reverberating notes and soft vocal delivery seem to shake you from reality and bring in to view a path previously hidden from view and you are transcended into an alternate reality.  This gateway is most aptly followed with Thrown Into The Dark which provides both a clearer view of the land beyond and a flavor for the album musically.

Greg Puciato, Josh Eustis, and Steven Alexander Ryan provide more a demonstration of cohesive mastery through their sophomore album and as brilliant as Fever Daydream remains, Infinite Games ‘feels’ more like an album than a complete cosmic journey.  This is masterfully delivered with slightly less of the Tangerine Dream stylings so evident on the debut, a healthy helping more of electronic mysticism and a brilliant blend of 80’s-esque elegance and Nine Inch Nails appeal.

As No Accusations, Your Move and Lies About You lead you further along this majestic musical path of discovery, you can’t help but submit with the closing of eyes and allow yourself you are lulled further into the warm, inviting style in a manner akin to drifting into a deep sleep.   The latter of the three provides a beat and myriad of musical hooks that snap you back to reality and the realisation that this is an album of superb music, rather than a dreamscape.

Throughout this collection, the vision of our three brilliant protagonists become clearer and a bridge of style development is established between the Fever Daydream and Infinite Games.

The influence and skills of both Steven and Josh are unmistakable and collaboration between the two as a stroke of genius is immediately evident while vocally Greg tenderly caresses the lyrics making for a special atmosphere of musical fragility.  Together, the vocal and musical ballet that embraces and envelopes you could at any moment be instantaneously shattered with a single Dillinger Escape Plan-esque scream.  The yin we have all witnessed with past collaborations including Killer Be Killed is poetically balance herein with the gentle caress of the lighter yang, thereby bringing about a glimpse into the duality of the self, made manifest through the medium of music and the light side of Greg Puciato’s polar extremes.

Tracks like Spatial Boundaries and their distinct vintage electronic appeal will hold you those old enough to recall in a trance of 80’s recollection.  Hell, you will even find yourself physically compelled to break into The Pendulum in retrospective dance reminiscence but upon finale a distorted screeching shock you back to a clean aural palate in preparation for 100 To 0 and the captivatingly beautiful Porcelain Veins.  Each of these three tracks ends with a different audible ‘full stop’ that seems to deliberately sever any style similarities and establish themselves as stand-alone entities.  In sequence, this provides a unique and quite captivating dimension in lead up to the finale One Edge Or Two.  The final track is sequenced to utter perfection as almost a musical summary of the collection that leaves you with an utterly irresistible desire to begin the journey all over again.   In the release of Infinite Games, The Black Queen establishes their unique style with a vast landscape of stylistic appeal.  With Fever Daydream, they absolutely had our attention with the fruits of many years long labor of love. With the superb second installment magically manifesting itself in Infinite Games, the group have created in a far shorter timeframe and offer a refining and defining of their sound, an underlining of their collective style and offer a collection genius. Pure genius.

 INFINITE GAMES PRE-ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

The Black Queen will perform their first-ever Australian shows in January 2019 with LA two-piece, Drab Majesty. All shows are now SOLD OUT.

CARBON SUNSET PRESENTS

THE BLACK QUEEN (USA)

DEBUT AUSTRALIAN APPEARANCES

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DRAB MAJESTY (USA)

THURSDAY 17 JANUARY – BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE (18+)

FRIDAY 18 JANUARY – LANSDOWNE HOTEL, SYDNEY (18+)
SATURDAY 19 JANUARY – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE (18+)
SUNDAY 20 JANUARY – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE (18+)