An impressive debut from Nottingham-based Copperface who clearly possess many of the ingredients which may make them a force to be reckoned with. Vocalist Rich Guy has the kind of warm, rich delivery which is able to tackle alt-country ballads as well as the rockier material. It is the slower style which Copperface tend to favour although it's not necessarily their best way forward. 'When The Raven Is Upon Me' is one of the best ballads; a desolate, highly involving song which features some fine backing vocals to complement Guy's own. Other "slowies" err towards the over-ponderous; well executed but with melodies that are not easily remembered. '(Where Are The?) Madagascans' reveals the aggressive side to their angst and on 'Prosperina' that quality is fully realised into an anthem that would surely be a hit given the airplay it deserves. Ultimately, this is a well-produced debut that should satisfy the needs of earnest hand-wringing rock fans.