THE MISSION: Swan Song EP: Download

THE MISSION have put out a new album and the newest single is “Swan Song”, one of the most popular songs on the album and now comes out as an EP of remixes and one new song.

The radio edit is a fantastic, tight version which made for the perfect start to the EP, “More Than The Truth” is a new song that was recorded during the sessions for the new album The Brightest Light and has a bit more of an electronic feel than the songs on the album, but is a high energy song that really gets your toes tapping and is definitely a treat to have on this release. “Swan Song (Reconstruction Circa 1984)” is really cool, the addition of a 909 drum machine, and the guitar sounds are all phase and chorus, really give the song the feel of an older song that you might have missed out on from back in the ’80s and is worth playing over and over again. “Swan Song (Deconstruction)” takes the song and brings it down a few notches while retaining the power and majesty of the song. “Swan Song (Reaper Version)” is really interesting, a kind of karaoke version sung by producer David M Allen after coming home from a night at the pub and Wayne Hussey thought it was great and kept it. The final track “Swan Song (Lament)is an acoustic take that really brings out the emotion and a sensitive side to the song.

The EP is a great collection of remixes that give us different sides to the song and don’t bury the song in effects or tricks that make it unrecognizable. Every version is strong and creates a mood that will be great for all different times and places to listen to.

THE MISSION: The Brightest Light (Deluxe): CD

This new album is the first from THE MISSION which currently features original members Wayne Hussey, Simon Hinkler and Craig Adams, plus the addition of new dummer Mike Kelly. This is their first new album since 2007′s God Is a Bullet, and the first featuring Hussey, Hinkler and Adams since 1990′s Carved In Sand.

If you’ve come expecting the band to be treading through the past with a sound-a-like album of goth rock you’ve got a shock coming buddy! This is the sound of a band who is back in their pristine fighting weight and ready to take on those who doubt their power and commitment. The songs are bombastic, but more rock with some goth thrown in and I’m glad that they updated their sound and didn’t just fall back on their old sound. The album starts with the eight minute “Black Cat Gone” and sets the pace for the album with its power and energy. “Everything But The Squeal”, and “Sometimes the Brightest Light Comes From the Darkest Place” give us a bit of the old sound mixed with the almost CULT rock sound, then the almost total metal track “Drag” comes in and brings to mind ZODIAC MINDWARP and is one kick-ass track! “Born Under a Good Sign” and “The Girl In the Fur Skin Rug” bring back their old sound with great textures and then “When the Trap Clicks Shut” are two reflective and moody pieces that sound fantastic with the lights turned down and cranked up loud. “Just Another Pawn In Your Game” is a great song that has a nice acoustic sound and lots of harmonica in it giving this a song that would sound great in a pub. The last three songs take us back to the older sound with Hussey giving a fantastic performance vocally in these songs. The second CD starts off with “I’m Fallin’ Again” a quiet song that keeps on building and building and just gets huge and bombastic, “The Long Way ‘Round Is Sometimes the Only Way Home” is a beautiful mellow song that I can’t stop listening to. The other six songs are demos from Hussey, a nice way to see how the songs started out.

A terrific double CD that holds some surprises for the older listeners, but worth every second of your time. It may not be the band of old, but they have giving us something that is diverse and possibly one of the best albums of their career.

THE MISSION: Silver: Double DVD & CD Special Edition

A fantastic collection for fans and newbies alike, the best of THE MISSION performed live, the perfect way to hear them and now see three shows from their 25th anniversary tour in 2011. The band got three of their original members back together, Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams and Simon Hinkler plus new drummer Mike Kelly to give the punters a real treat.

The band is tighter than a frog’s ass under water and they have never sounded better or looked happier together than on this collection. On the first DVD, recorded on Oct. 22, 2011, they play their most beloved songs with a true love for the music and the fans who according to the interviews on here, have come from around the world to see them. The fans show their love of the band and the band gives them everything that they have on these shows and it truly makes for a terrific experience that will stick with you. You get behind the scenes from London Brixton Academy, fan interviews from London Brixton Academy, and rehearsal footage for the 2011 tour on the first DVD. You also get to hear Hussey take a shot at his old band THE SISTERS OF MERCY and his surprisingly good sense of humor, no dour goth guy he is. The second DVD has two shows on it, the Nov. 1, 2011, show in Cologne, Germany, plus eight more songs recorded the night before in Frankfurt. The performance is every bit as exciting and energetic as the first disc and the CD features most of the Cologne concert.

If you are a fan, you will play this over and over and this is also a great introduction for the newer fan curious about the band. I loved every second of this release and know that it will be played a lot in my house.