Sweden - Full Moon 90 - 02/06/04
Blue Lemon International
This is an exceptional debut from Lizette von Panajott and her band. It mixes industrial
and progressive rock and adds Lizette's strident vocals.
I remember coming across Lizette on the late, lamented mp3.com, downloading a song and being
blown away by its intensity. Thankfully her sounds have been transferred to this cd, intensity and
spirit intact. Not surprisingly she thanks Trent Reznor in the liner notes. The very Nine Inch
Nails-like "Breathe" (the lyrics even mention a "downward spiral) shows Lizette's skills as a musician
and singer. The darkness of the piece is balanced by Lizette's vocal strength. "Wasteland" is a
negative reflection on a failed relationship. The band lay all their ferocity into this song. The
music is dark enough to remind me of the eighties goth scene. But this song lacks that era's pomposity.
"Evil" is fittingly sinister. Lizette gives a marvellous vocal performance, going from angelic
to devilish with equal conviction in both roles. The songs melody is strong too. The ballad "Within"
shows Lizette's softer side and makes it very appealing.
The three closing songs form a powerful unity. "Did I" and "Must I" leads to the lengthy "Nothing"
- a nine minute tour de force of tension and intrigue.
It's an extraordinary album all told.
Copyright © 2004 Anna Maria Stjärnell