The most high-profile cameos come from New Wave icons Gary Numan and Martin Gore, who add ethereal backing vocals on Within The Deepest Darkness (Fearful), adding eerie counterpoint to Hussey’s hushed vocals as the track escalates from ghostly atmospherics into a pulse-pounding outro.
Gore also adds soaring backing vocals to Only You and You Alone, one of the band’s most effective ballads. Their dual vocal’s dovetail with emotive potency, while Mission bassist Craig Adams lays down one of his patented tectonic basslines.
Jade is a sterling example of the type of romantic musical melodrama The Mission weave so well: layers of interweaving guitar textures, hypnotic bass and synth-soundscapes build into an anthem with an explosive cinematic climax.
Blood in the Road is another stomper, veering from glistening arpeggiated verse to classic rock chorus, while the somber closing track Phantom Pain adds discordant sax to the mix–an unusual but winning deviation from the band’s musical template.
Another Fall From Grace is a striking reminder of The Mission’s strengths. For a band celebrating their 30th anniversary, it shows there’s still plenty of life left in them yet. To quote Met-Amor-Phosis: “with age comes change.” It’s an older and wiser Mission for sure, but they’ve tapped into a musical fountain of youth.
(smells like infinite sadness)
The Mission in Deutschland:
21.10.16 Hamburg, Markthalle
22.10.16 Berlin, Postbahnhof
27.10.16 München, Backstage
29.10.16 Köln, Essigfabrik