Vera : With Secrets Of The Moon, Phil ‘sG’ Jonas has walked a very interesting path from (post) black metal to the more alternative sound on their recent album ‘Sun’. On top of that, he has another band, Crone, which debuted in 2014 with the melodious and dark EP ‘Gehenna’.
With assistance from Markus Renzenbrink (Embedded) and two session musicians on bass and guitar, sG has now created a captivating full-length album, entitled ‘Godspeed’. It happens to be a conceptual album digging deeper into tragedies and mysterious happenings that eventually led to remarkable suicides. Thus a pitch black theme, integrated into the songs in a moving and intensive manner. The eight compositions brim with enchanting, melancholic guitar sounds. Rather bluesy and Pink Floyd-ish of nature, but really beautiful. This is not metal, this is genuine art, yet with momentum and dark rock as prominent feature. sG sings with strongly articulating decadence and depraved fatalism, almost like a young Bowie, but naturally, his voice still reminds me of Jan Transit of In The Woods as well. The general atmosphere of ‘Godspeed’ reminds me now and then of Green Carnation and their masterpiece ‘Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness’ too, another one that could not be pigeonholed. Many songs are regaled with restless spoken samples with a link to the theme, but the smoothening guitar solos and the broken voice of a wandering soul bring solace and hit you straight into the heart. For connoisseurs of melancholy and grief, this is a piece of art they cannot be missing! Dark rock of top notch quality!