BEGODDEN MISTS 2003/4 GIG HISTORY

Taken from www.mickmercer.com April 2004

review of Walking Out Of This World
I could have been far more severe in the review that follows but on a night when the BBC shows a man being left to die on a busy police station custody area floor, in clear need of assistance, but surrounded by wholly cretinous and incompetent coppers, some of whom are racist, tends to leave you with no desire to offend in any way. So I shall be nice.
BEGODDEN MISTS
WALKING OUT OF THIS WORLD
Own Label Demo CD

They play things very carefully on their press release, throwing around terms like Atmospheric Rock and Gothic Metal, but at least having the honesty to include Deep Purple and Marillion as tell-tale influences. Once past some typically pointless samples you’re into ‘All You Know’ where there’s lightly melodic guitar prickles and slashes over a dour riff, with vocals bravely exposed, and you know straight away that without decent production they’re up against it, because this voice needs double-tracking if it’s going to compete. It’s all rather thoughtful, and attractive, verging on quaint. ‘For Love’ starts to bounce and hint at medieval fluffiness, gathering pace well, with a partial thrashy belt to its slurred finish, but it’s ‘Falling’ which shows potential, mainly because they’re active instantly, where they sound genuinely tough, but is the singer being held against his will? He sounds like a prisoner of some sort.

‘And I’ll Dream’ establishes ballad status early on, as they go all Gothic Metal Big Girl’s Blouse on us, until some boiled guitar comes to beef it up, which actually spoils the effect. They get some purely identikit rocks off. I nod off, altogether more interested by ‘No Will To Remain’ which succeeds despite being a complete mess of a song. The vocals are stronger, but hardly clear, some guitar is coughing up reliably, and the drums sound like they could really lead this courageously if allowed. The bright guitar outburst toward the end seemed tacked on and over-frilly, but they started to make sense on this as an exciting rock band.

It’s noise galore to start ‘A Presence Amongst Us’, but slows for echoey vocals to emote, and then alternates in a very one-dimensional musical manner, when ooph, they’re off again. Subtle it isn’t, but they chug decently, the vocals get hopelessly lost in the swirl and it ends prettily. ‘Everyone Dies’ is another odd, successful venture, from highly twangy guitar, somewhat faux dulcimer, but the vocals are truly horrible, as though he’s got his courage up by being pissed, yet as he begins to repeat ‘everyone dies’ over and over they somehow managed to build a real mood.

The decision to have a live recording certainly makes for variety but is a seriously bad move for while it shows the vocals at their most confident, and far less wispy, the drums sound bad; the bass drum giving us a rare chance to hear what horses would sound like tap-dancing across a wooden stage. It’s a raw, snotty delight, by comparison with other tracks, but not a good choice, and then they close with boomy fx and slowly building sounds that speaks of adventurous composition but also has to be turned down to sound at its best, and how rock is that?!!!

A demo CD yes, so it’s evident weaknesses at times won’t reflect what they can really do, but the singer needs to ask how best he can feature more strongly, using his voice in the most incisive manner, because the plaintive approach shows what he can’t do all too well. The guitars are also very relaxed. You’re only young once lads. Attack those instruments!
ALL YOU KNOW
PRETENTIOUS TWADDLE
FOR LOVE, AND ALL THE SHIT IT COMES WITH
FALLING
AND I’LL DREAM
NO WILL TO REMAIN
A PRESENCE AMONGST US
EVERYONE DIES
HIDE AWAY (LIVE)
MY DARLING DARK

http://www.begoddenmists.co.uk – official
http://www.freewebs.com/begoddenmists/ - unofficial UK
http://www.freewebs.com/jipawa/ - pointless unofficial US (same url?)