Charcoalcity is actually a one-man project by Peter De Zutter (probably also known from Foo Fighters tribute band Food Fighters, unless that's a different Peter De Zutter). Live; he is supported by good friends, bassist Timo De Vreese and drummer Anthony Hooft. They call their music "industrial wave metal", a term that perfectly covers the load. With potent guitars, strong vocals and a good slab of electronics, this act certainly delivered something interesting. Something that can stand its ground on gothic dancefloors and rock festivals alike.
The album opens quite hesitant in 'Darkness Rules'. It's a decent song, nudging towards bands like Star Industry, Love Like Blood and gothic rock era Tiamat, but not yet convincing enough, at least not for me. Yet, gradually, the diesel seems to heat up and the industrial train starts gaining momentum. 'Gasoline' reminds me of Die Krupps and perhaps Orgy, but it mostly serves as an appetizer for the first highlight of the album, namely 'Democracy', a blast of a song.
About that gothic metal thing, do not expect angelic female vocals, growling grunts, complex song structures and bombastic synths. You won't be getting that on this album. Instead, Charcoalcity simply delivers some excellent dark rock music. Music you can bang your head to, or make some dance steps, or both. Even more so, in title track 'Greyscale', elements of thrash metal become noticable. I think this is my favorite, since it has an awesome Ministry vibe.
Some other highlights are the highly infectious 'Catkiller' and that other thrasher 'Face The Truth'. I think every fan of dark rock music will find something he likes in here so I will recommend this to all you dark souls out there. This is damn catchy industrial goth rock with loads of energy, designed to get you off your feet...