Visage: Demons To Diamonds UK 2xCD 
- Before You Win
- Loving The Alien
- Days Become Dark
- Seven Deadly Sins Part Three
- Your Skin Is My Sin
- Star City
- Before You Win(Radio Edit)
- Never Enough (John Bryan and Richard Stone In Prague Remix)
- Star City (Orbital Ambient Version)
Well, well, well. I knew this was in the vicinity, but it’s due any day now. The long awaited [if you’re me] final Visage album, “Demons To Diamonds.” When singer Steve Strange died abruptly in February, I had been aware that the band were not wasting any time, hot on the heels of their “Orchestral” project of 2014. I had hoped against hope that the album could be finished posthumously, and it has. The “Orchestral” album featured one new song, “The Silence” and the recent 12″ single of “Lost In Static” featured the tantalizing “Seven Deadly Sins [Part 2]” which was reputed to be from “Demons To Diamonds.” As you can see, that track is on the album in a designation of “Part 3.” My question is: where will “Part 1” surface?!
That new track was heavily laced with Mick MacNeil [ex-Simple Minds] and still featured Robin Simon on guitar, so I am guessing that much the same Visage core are on board for the new album. I’ve certainly not heard otherwise, though all of the PR focuses on Steve Strange, and his absence, naturally. The band were so hot that a small part of me even blasphemes the notion of the band carrying on without Steve, but you didn’t read that here. This time, the release is another ten track “old school” album, with the Bowie cover [“Loving The Alien”] giving it the distinction of being the second time that the band had covered Bowie. The first time, they covered “Fame” albeit re-titled as “We Move!”
The album will be released on November 6th, 2015, and they have spilled the beans that Boy George was responsible for the cover. This time there was no advance single as with the last two albums, but with Steve gone, and no one to front the band any more, this one will likely have no singles. So let us savor the wondrous 12″ mixes that filtered out since 2013 as we may not hear their likes again. I still need the 12″ of “Never Enough,” and the CD singles of “Hidden Sign” and “Fade To Grey [Orchestral]” [in addition to the “Orchestral” album] but those will have to wait a while as I will definitely be pre-ordering the album this week. Pre-orders will receive a bonus CD with the three mixes detailed above for disc two, but they are only available from orders made at the Visage Webstore. So make your moves now. I was saving money for a big trip during the brief window of the DLX ED of “Orchestral” and I will be hunting down that bonus CD to the ends of time, methinks. Expect a review of this soon, as the “Hearts + Knives” album is still rocking my world like no other Synth Brittania heritage act!
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