Five years is a long time. When that time passes between releases for an outstandingly talented band, five years ends up feeling like ten. With a separate digital single from 2012 in tow, Australia’s finest Closure In Moscow has given its devoted fans a warm welcome to “The Church of the Technochrist”, the first taste of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album Pink Lemonade, which is due out in February.
What 2009’s First Temple showed us is that Closure In Moscow is basically this decade’s forthcoming version of The Mars Volta; their intricate, albeit quasi-nonsensical lyrics mixed with very impressive technical guitar riffs make it so. The fact that both frontman Christopher de Cinque and guitarist/vocalist Mansur Zennelli are professionally trained singers is very much an accepted bonus. After the release of First Temple, listeners had a chance to relish in the beauty and wonder of what Closure in Moscow had to offer…and then time just kept on passing. After a lineup alteration and enough funds were put aside, the band moved forward in creating Pink Lemonade. What we have been given is a change in direction from First Temple. But given the sheer talent of the band, it’s hard to find many flaws with “The Church of the Technochrist”.
The first thing that needs to be said about the song as a whole is that Closure In Moscow has brought the funk back to the progressive rock scene. The overall tone of the track is soulful, rather than the blasting guitars from the band’s repertoire. The feel of their back-catalog is present, it just bears a new face. Zennelli and Michael Barrett’s guitar work is still killer and de Cinque’s voice is at a casual point. He is in no way overworking it, but is also not giving it his full potential like he did on most of First Temple. Halfway through the track, we’re given call-and-response lyrics (I’m a big sucker for those) surrounding the weird combination of religious and technological themes. The chorus is bombastic, with instantaneously infectious lyrics: “Get down on the floor/Put your hands up for our lord/His gospel’s made of lithium and silicon/Everybody plug your mind in.” Salvatore Aidone’s drum technique is astoundingly good, especially after being a major fan of Beau McKee’s previous work with the band. The true funk of the track is brought out by relatively new bassist Duncan Millar. His bass line, mixed with Zennelli and Barrett’s guitars, works wonders for the song.
If you’ve taken this long to sleep on Closure In Moscow, it’s high time you get acquainted with them so you can take over the world right alongside them. Musical domination should have come for them long ago, but now that the gears are moving again, it’s bound to finally happen at any moment now. What “The Church of the Technochrist” gives us is the expected greatness of Pink Lemonade – something that’s been fermenting for almost five years. Have a sip of it before finishing the glass in a couple months. You’ll feel as refreshed as ever.
You can watch the official music video for “The Church of the Technochrist” (presented by our friends at AbsolutePunk.net) below.
Closure In Moscow will self-release Pink Lemonade in February 2014.