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Blackest Blue

This is an exciting group that continues with the gothic rock feel that is so rare in the electronic age of music that floods our scene today. Hailing from Germany, where we get most of our music from these days it seems, we're presented with this excellent album. The work is presented and packaged nicely with eleven excellent tracks with a heavy gothic rock influence layered with bits of gothic wave.

This is an exciting album to listen to. It starts off with a beautiful symphonic introduction to the title track and then we're immediately launched into the emotionally driving music that this band presents us with. Immediately I'm reminded of the solid sounds of Skin Machine along with more recognizable names like The Mission UK and other popular gothic rock bands of the 90's. "Semi Demonic Pleasures" really brings this out with the solid driving rock beats female backing vocals amidst the heavy bass and grinding guitar. The electronic layers in various pieces add some extra depth and volume to the pieces just right, such as the moving "Nichts Gespurt" and later with "Regret" and others.

As the album moves along we get some pretty good variety sampling from the gothic rock genres with the occasional mid-tempo piece, but always full of emotion with the deep vocals and heavy, layered compositions. A very nice touch on this album is the play on Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on "Kiss of the Moon". The listener can easily pick up this reference with the piano throughout much of the track, especially as the piece wraps up, the full power of this timeless classic comes out for a perfect ending. However, the mix of guitars and vocals throughout the track layered over this ageless foundation is a really cool touch that is very memorable and creative. The moods continue to ebb and flow as we finalize the disc with the lat few pieces that remain true to the gothic rock style with "For Her Love We Cry" becoming a new classic that fans can really sink their fangs into. They wrap it up in style after this stellar piece with "Through the Mists I Walk" and "Paula" both carrying the powerful emotions right to the end to finalize this excellent work.

Rating: 4/5


Website: www.moonrise.de
Label: Danse Macabre Records

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