Alien Skin

Dekadance Radio reviews 'The Unquiet Grave'

Dekadance Radio reviews 'The Unquiet Grave'

by Eric Olsen
27 March 2010

When I was a young lad, oh so many moons ago, there were many bands and musical artists that I enjoyed who put out great, what I would call, "headphone albums." I guess one modern example of a "headphone album" would be the first album by German musical project Enigma, entitled "MCMXC A.D." For those of you who may not have heard that term before, a "headphone album" is an album that has a sound that can virtually transport you mentally to another dimension. The key to reaching that dimension was the combination of the music on the album, and a really bitchin' pair of headphones to listen to the album on.

The new album "The Unquiet Grave" by Alien Skin is just such an album. Alien Skin is the solo project of former Real Life keyboardist George Pappas. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Real Life, they were a Synthpop band from Australia who had quite a number of hit songs in the 80's and 90's. The Real Life song you may all be most familiar with was the song "Send Me An Angel."

In Alien Skin, George heads away from the more Pop sound of Real Life, into a far darker and more musically intimate environment. George combines Ambient, Trance, Goth, and Synthpop elements all into one unique sound that is both immediately recognizable, (once you hear it) and instantly memorable (in a very haunting way). In addition, George's somewhat eerie vocal style lends itself to the music perfectly.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you pick up a copy of "The Unquiet Grave" by Alien Skin immediately at As to what I was talking about earlier... Of course, a really nice car or home stereo with the volume turned up, like "past eleven," is always a good "plan B" when a nice pair of headphones is unavailable. Whatever you play "The Unquiet Grave" by Alien Skin on, you are gonna love it. Also, don't forget to check out Alien Skin's excellent debut album, 2008's "Don't Open Till Doomsday."


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