Prayers – Baptism Of Thieves

Prayers - Baptism Of Thieves

Album facts

Release: November 24th, 2017
Label: BMG
Genre: , , ,
Discogs: Link

Praise the birth of 'Cholo Goth'

My first con­tact with the band 'Prayers' was the great music video 'West End Girls', which is a cov­er ver­sion of a Pet Shop Boys clas­sic. Finally presen­ted in a cour­ageous and innov­at­ive music style. The present album 'Baptism Of Thieves' is already the third album of the dynam­ic duo, which was released 3 months ago.

In inter­views, the two remind me, always a little to Jay and Silent Bob, but only men­tioned in passing. Anyway, look for­ward to a fresh album with a great genre mix.

We start with an easy access

We skip the first two tracks and start with the title 'Tears In The Rain'. The track goes straight into the dance floor. In the first few seconds, the song reminds me of a typ­ic­al 'William Control' num­ber. The song moves son­ic­ally some­where between Darkwave and Synthwave. The rap of 'Rafael Reyes' gives the track the neces­sary indi­vidu­al touch. In terms of con­tent, it is prob­ably about con­clud­ing with the past and look­ing ahead. The inner sad­ness of a goth, you can clearly feel in every line of the song.

I hide my tears in the rain, to mask the pain.
Lyric line in 'Tears In The Rain' by Prayers

The first single of 'Baptism Of Thieves'

'Edge Of The Blade' is an acous­tic gren­ade that tears you apart. Here you can hear a super cool Hip Hop track with the bleak aura of a 'The Cure' song. And the con­struct is built up with syn­thes­izer sounds and samples that approach the qual­ity of a 'Depeche Mode' track. Respect for this strong num­ber and as a first single release a worthy state­ment for the whole album.

A repertoire to kneel down

'Beauty And Bedlam' has the spir­it of an 80s 'Pet Shop Boys' song. Only much cool­er and more mod­ern. With a touch of Minimal Electro, the track exudes a relaxed atmo­sphere. This cre­ates vari­ety on the long play­er and rein­forces the cre­ativ­ity of the two guys from 'Prayers'.

We con­tin­ue to Track No. 7 and this one burns your hut down. The song 'One 9 One 3' is super catchy from the first listen and extremely groovy. Even the very expli­cit lyr­ic comes across sym­path­et­ic­ally here. For me, this is already a club crack­er and should not miss this year in any dark disco. The dance­ab­il­ity is excep­tion­ally good, des­pite the unique sound. And that means a lot!

I'm fuck­ing your girl­friend and I'm wear­ing her lipstick…
I'm fuck­ing your girl­friend while she's paint­ing my nails…
Lyric lines in 'One 9 One 3' by Prayers

Kings of Synths

'Wild Roses' comes with a won­der­ful 80s atti­tude. With everything that goes with it: The epic synth-ste­reo-effect in the intro, the clas­sic­al clap­ping-samples and of course the drum-stairs. Despite all of these old-fash­ioned and famil­i­ar music ele­ments of a New Wave / Synth Pop song, the track sounds pleas­ingly fresh and new.

The bril­liant Song 'Lucifer Rising' strikes approx­im­ately in the same league as the pre­vi­ous song. This over­all sounds dark­er in the flair and harder in the ton­al instru­ment­al­iz­a­tion. The track is a dark fun ride with a son­ic boom!

In vocal col­lab­or­a­tion with 'Rafael Reyes' bet­ter half 'Kat Von D', the fol­low­ing great song ori­gin­ated. 'Black Leather' is based on an up-tempo beat with a lot of drive and energy. The integ­rated gui­tar brings a pleas­ant light­ness with it and once again provides a lot of vari­ety on 'Baptism Of Thieves'.


'Baptism Of Thieves' is music­ally extraordin­ary and var­ied. There are really some gems on the album here. Unfortunately, the album is not without any flaws. Without the com­pletely unne­ces­sary intro and outro, this album would have received a fant­ast­ic over­all rat­ing of 4.15 stars! A top score if you know the usu­al Electrozombies reviews.

Nevertheless, 'Prayers' have delivered a first-class album with their third stu­dio album. I know that such new genres of music are hav­ing a hard time estab­lish­ing them­selves in the scene. I appeal to your open ears and hearts to give this work a chance. The album is espe­cially a recom­mend­a­tion for those who like to think out­side the box. I cer­tainly love the album and I hope 'Prayers' will con­tin­ue on their way.

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2018‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

Prayers - Baptism Of Thieves
Prayers – Baptism Of Thieves
Death Is In Bloom
Tears In The Rain 
Edge Of The Blade
Beauty And Bedlam
Trust Issues (Feat. Pictureplane)
One 9 One 3
Wild Roses
Lucifer Rising
Black Leather (Feat. Kat Von D)
Baptism Of Thieves
Edge Of The Blade
One 9 One 3