Comfort Me, Infinity
Review by Jack on April 10, 2002.
My initial thoughts when I first listened to Paragon of Beauty is how much of a strong resemblance to Katatonia their second full-length album “Comfort Me, Infinity” is. The second the opening riff of ‘This Impossible Moment’ started up, I immediately thought of Katatonia and their last release. Many comparisons to Katatonia will likely result when more and more people hear Paragon of Beauty. However while the similarities are considerable in number, there are enough subtle differences to warrant “Comfort Me, Infinity” and definite listen.
Whereas Katatonia did strive for the longing and angst of human emotion, Paragon of Beauty successfully tap the resource that is the human mind and create a somewhat tortured (tortured in a good way) existence of some 40-50 odd minutes on a CD. The real beauty of “Comfort Me, Infinity” is that it immediately draws in and demands the listeners attention, unlike the aforementioned band, who need to work for the listener’s attention and was not immediately captivating.
The pace of “Comfort Me, Infinity” is fairly monotone and monotonous to an extent, and lures the listener into a false state of mind-set when all of a sudden, Paragon of Beauty erupt into a calamity of wispy screams that cry out in agony and completely shell-shock the listener from the normal pedestrian values that Paragon of Beauty seem to have.
Whilst not perhaps the heaviness or hardness that other bands do have in Paragon of Beauty’s field of music, one cannot deny their talent and creative ability in writing interesting lyrics. If I had a stamp of approval, “Comfort Me Infinity” would certainly deserve a big blob of ink.
Bottom Line: Completely solid and sound melancholic rock from Paragon of Beauty with enough surprises to keep the listener interested to the end.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.5 out of 10