Lovelorn Dolls are a band from Belgium – home of great beer, great chocolate – and some great bands. The band was formed by Ladyhell and Corpus Christi, and was initially called Lovelorn before becoming Lovelorn Dolls. Ladyhell was formerly singer of Skeptical Minds from 2002 to 2007 and then with Valkyre in 2008. Corpus Christi was formerly in the band Free Launch, and created the “Road to Consciousness” project – a rock opera which is where he first teamed up with Ladyhell.
Lovelorn Dolls released their demo EP “An Intense Feeling of Affection” in 2011, and released their debut album “House of wonders” last year. Now just a year later they’re back with their second album – “Japanese robot invasion”.
Compared to the first album there is a noticeable change for this album – there is a much heavier use on electronics – synths and sound effects. These electronic sounds are more prominent than on the last album. On the last album the guitars were the dominant instrument with the synths adding to the sound, whereas on this album its the synths that are the dominant instrument. A significant change in direction like this from a band is always risky – it could be a success or it could lose them fans. Happily in the case of Lovelorn Dolls I think it’s worked extremely well – Japanese Robot Invasion is a great album.
As you can tell from watching the video above for “The Thrill” (the first single from the album), the guitars are still there but are only really prominent part of the time, with the electronic elements taking over most of the time, but they do work well together. This song is fairly representative of what to expect from the album. I think it’s a great track, and would have picked this or the title track to be released first.
The title track “Japanese robot invasion” starts off with a fast beat and a mass of oriental sounding effects. It is a fast track with that crazy electronic beat driving the song relentlessly forward. Couple that with great vocals from Ladyhell and this is an excellent song – one of my favourites from the album.
“Blood moon” is another great track – it’s slower than some of the other tracks and is one of the few guitar-heavy tracks on the album which gives it a darker heavier feel.
There is plenty of variety here – no two tracks sound the same, but equally they all feel like they belong together. If you liked the first album then I think you’re going to love this new album – it’s bigger and better than anything Lovelorn Dolls have done before.
Fans of The Birthday Massacre definitely need to listen to this album, and I’d also recommend it to all fans of female fronted rock bands.
1. Happy valentine
2. The thrill
3. Long awaited kiss
4. Japanese robot invasion
5. Miss Friday night
6. Curse of the crab
7. Just like heaven
8. Blood moon
10. Wolf inside.