The Italian outfit, quite possibly, hasn’t gained the recognition that they deserved. Despite the fact that they’ve been around for almost 20 years, they haven’t managed to establish a sizeable fan base although both their studio and live efforts are remarkably commendable.
This is their ninth album and things seem even more positive once again for Theatres Des Vampires. “Candyland” is a concept album that revolves around the story of Pennhurst Asylum, a Pensylvania based state sanitarium (that also served as a school) that since its opening in 1908 and for another 60 years was full of inmates but in latter years it started to decline after constant reports and revelations of torturing methods.
The album sets out a modern gothic majesty with lots of industrial elements in there which uplift the level of the really good compositions. The Italian trio (with its musical and theatrical style) seems to pay really close attention to the current music scene thus their sound is not by any means old school, detrimental or nostalgic.
Theatre Des Vampires presents their most mature and complete effort to date. The fans of the genre should definitely check them out at some point. This is a band to be reckoned with and I salute them!