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Music Review: A Gate to All Secrets by Chronique

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Year: 2004
Genre: Darkwave, Electro Rock, Dark Synth  [They also list themselves under “Gothic” and “Alternative Rock”]
Online: Official Website, Jamendo, Facebook
Similar Artists: Depeche Mode, Duran Duran
Tracks:

  1. Superstar
  2. Victims
  3. Du Schweigst
  4. A Gate to All Secrets
  5. Roter Sand
  6. Why Don’t You
  7. The Guardian Tales of Burning
  8. Movie Dream
  9. Andoria
  10. I’m Falling
  11. The Last Step

When I first joined Jamendo, I stumbled across quite a few albums that I liked. Of these, I still frequently listen to Chronique’s album “A Gate to All Secrets”. Today, I will be reviewing the album as a thank-you for the many hundreds of hours spent listening to the collection.

Chronique is a Darkwave group hailing from Germany. This means that a lot of the lyrics are in a language that I am not fluent in. This is also further reason to become fluent in German because I want to understand what the handful of German bands that I listen to are saying. It is very similar to why I want to learn Japanese and Korean to watch “mah storees”. At least German has the same script. So much good music, film and TV – not enough time to learn all the languages and dialects… *sigh*
The album itself comprises of eleven dark electro-rock tracks that have a distinct feel of some sort of ongoing theme. The sound quality is solid, with no noticeable glitches, bass or treble issues. The songs themselves are well-constructed, giving the feeling of a collection of connected stories. I don’t know if this is the intention of the album itself, but that is the feeling that I get when I listen with my crappy grasp of German.
Do I have a favourite track? I would say that it is a toss-up between the electric “Why Don’t You” and the instrumental track “The Last Step”. Whilst I enjoy each track on some level, I find that there is something about these tracks that makes me return to them time and time again. I think that it might be my early love of synth music in particular.

In conclusion, I recommend that anyone with a love of Darkwave, Electro Rock and Synth give this album a listen and decide for themselves if Chronique appeals to their particular music tastes. Be sure to check out their later releases while you are at it. If you do listen to this album, I’d love to read your thoughts.

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