Opening track “Afraid Of The Dark” starts off with the sound of a beating heart, beating at an increasing rate with the anticipation of what’s to come, and what comes is a slick guitar driven intro you’d expect from the likes of AVENGED SEVENFOLD or BLACK VEIL BRIDES, before Ryan Howell’s vocals sneak in sounding almost sinister, that is until he starts hitting some rather uncomfortable high notes. It’s a hard one to pin down, I could reference several bands all of whom have some comparison when it comes to explaining this vocal display, but at the same time none of them would do anything fair justice; a tricky start.
“My Perfect Timing” is a completely different affair, a soft piano intro, with gentle keys layered over pop-rock foundations; it’s got a lot more of the MCR influence, even throwing in an ever reliable key change towards the end of the track to add to the pomp. “Mirror Mirror” is a faster, rockier number with more FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS feel to it, frantic and pacey, full of grit and determination.
“Skip The Memories” returns to a MCR style grandiose rock anthem vibe, big on vocals, big on fun, this is a really catchy number and an album highlight, as is “Friends & Fiends”, light synthesized undertones coupled with a simple but effective rock track, enjoyable stuff. The title track too, a quality rock track itself. Not as permanent AS a tattoo, granted, but still an enjoyable piece with a memorable tune, full of melody, before closing track “Queen Of Hearts” ends things on a similar note.
As an album, “Gold Tattoos” gets better as it progresses and might take a couple of listens to be fully appreciated, but generally it’s a decent first full length. If you can overcome Howell’s vocals (they aren't really that easy on the ears in terms of pitch) then there are some decent songs here. It may not leave a permanent mark; see it more as a henna tattoo. Try it on at least to see if you like it. 
Download - "Skip The Memories", "Friends & Fiends"
"Gold Tattoos" is available on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/gold-tattoos/id688579341
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