If Maxell ('Break the sound barrier') were ever to see a resurgence in cassette tape sales that then necessitated the need to up date their iconic 80's TV ad's with a new version of Peter Murphy they should look no further than his modern day manifestation, Duncan Robert Illing. Architects Of Grace is Illing's vision, his artistry and creation realised as a musical portfolio. 'Moments In Time', the debut full length offering from Architects Of Grace, represents the culmination of 3 years of work for Illing and his associate musicians.
Having released their original single 'Hot White Sun' back in 2009 it has taken until now to settle on, produce and master an albums worth of material that Illing was entirely happy with. (Not that you can imagine happy being one of Illings default dispositions!) As the music is not going to be confined by the date of its release this matters not. AOG are not about to be T4 darlings, cover Beyonce in Fearne Cotton's Live Lounge or soundtrack the 2012 Olympics. You couldn't correctly pinpoint the birth date of this musical anomaly to any point within the last thirty years, although you may be inclined to err towards its early 80's heyday of Bauhaus and Sisters Of Mercy. (2 tracks on the album are even co-produced by former SOM collaborator Dave M Allen) As long as there is black to wear, dry ice to bath in and dark and dank corners to mix in, as long as there is lace and fishnets, as long as there are day-glo liqueurs and as long as there is a fascination with death, Dracula and decay there will be Goth......"We move like the night, the deeper we go the more we feel. It's dark but it's true, the only way is the way of the night."
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