Vera : The name The Covenant instantly reminds us of the Norwegian avant-garde metal band with their excellent ‘Nexus Polaris’ (2000) album, but later they continued as Kovenant, making electronic industrial crap and that was the end of our commitment with them. But this happens to be a collective hailing from Amsterdam, making no offence of using excerpts from the worldwide rock history and recycling them in a jolly rocking way of their own. Colleague Evil Dr. Smith had an earlier first encounter with them, reviewing the comeback album ’Welcome To The Real World’.
Their own habit of interpreting general famous songs and/or sounds from rock history to create an album is now prolonged in a concept story. We are dealing with the life of a Bloody S. Cash, a manic singer-songwriter who has success with all kinds of stolen ideas, but he does it in a very smart way, even if he tends to be quite naïve. Some dramatic events are included in the story and there will be a sequel.
The fifteen songs on this album are part of one global story and it is nothing but amusing to notice all those references to famous artists and songs, in song titles as well as in lyrics and music. This album is above all a kind of parody, but one that is crafted very well, resulting in a very interesting and diverting whole package. The story is presented in true Zappa style and that is a pro. In between the songs, a low dark voice keeps you updated about what’s going on. We come up with an example of the general quiz value of this album: ‘Dead Moon Rising’ obviously refers to ‘Bad Moon Rising’ from Creedence Clearwater Revival, but what we hear is more akin to ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ from The Rolling Stones. These references go on and on, e.g. Elvis Presley, Nick Cave, Masters Of Reality, Jimi Hendrix, Depeche Mode, Status Quo and so on. On the ninth of November the band started a new series of gigs, keeping them on the road until mid 2014. This collective makes already twenty-five years long ‘stadium rock for small venues’ and this seventh album is professionally worked out as rock opera. It might be not so metallic, but it sure is fine entertainment which will give most of us a smile from ear to ear. Nothing more to wish for in this soured and hectic world, is it?