As children of the 80s, Violens have instant appeal, sounding like just the kind of band Ducky from Pretty in Pink would front if he wasn’t busy being the sober foil for Charlie Sheen in Middle American sitcoms. Coming on like a Duran Duran flashback, the foot shuffling niceties of ‘Full Collision’ are pounded by a jarring ending, while ‘The Dawn of Your Happiness’ is a shimmering gladioli-ridden pop peon. Singer Jorge Elbrecht inhabits his hairbrush fantasies with swaggering charisma, moving from Depeche Mode to a psychedelic take on an Aztec Camera warble for ‘Violent Sensation Descends’, before the sinister turn of title track ‘Amoral’. The static flurry of ‘Another Strike Restrained’ is Violen’s most modern track, “modern” meaning sounding like a thrashier New Order. Thing is, nothing’s quite the same the second time around.

By Kate Parkin

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