If you’re not a fan of Goth rock or horror punk music, don’t let the cover art of Nic Nassuet’s new album “Eleutherios” scare you off. To call Nic Nassuet’s music a hybrid is an understatement. Nic is trying to live in the Goth world but this record is not your typical Goth offering. It is so much more that will appeal to fans of several genres. Yes, this record will appeal to those disciples of Goth and punk and horror rock but it will also appeal to fans of folk, Celtic, grunge, punk and neofolk music. Violins, mandolins and cellos are not the typical instrumentation of Goth rock but this record is not typical in any sense of the word.
Nassuet is a seasoned performer, and not simply a musical performer. His stage presence is honed from years of work in musical theater (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street”, “Side Show”, “Doomsday Cabaret”) and he brings his music to life through that magic he exudes from the stage. One thing that is immediately noticeable from a casual listening of the album is the passion and emotion dripping from every track. Not many performers can impart that level of dedication and fervor through a record but Nic succeeds on all fronts. Nassuet is an award winning songwriter and his songs are well crafted and the arrangements show off the material to perfection.
Thematically, Nassuet’s music fits squarely in the Goth rock sphere. The title of the album, Eleutherios conjures up images of ancient Greek bacchanalia but musically, this offering is much harder to classify. The music is so universal that it should win over fans of multiple genres and appeal to fans of almost any genre. The best tracks on the album are ‘Black Dress’, ‘When It Falls’, ‘Down’ and ‘She Rides Moonlight’. If you get the opportunity to see Nic Nassuet live, it is a show you won’t want to miss. Highly entertaining and very enjoyable.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.