is a band that is quite famous in the Gothic
scene. They successfully combine Metal
with the typical atmosphere of Gothic
music. They are often regarded as the indirect continue of Sentenced
. Yes, perhaps because the style of the two is quite similar but Poisonblack
is more orientated towards groove than Sentenced
is not as dark and depressive as Sentenced
(LSD, coincidence perhaps?) is the second full album of this band. It features some clear changes in style compared their first album Escapexstacy
First change is the new singer and guitarist in this band: Ville Laihiala. You’ve read it correct; the vocalist of Sentenced
has joined this band and will continue with this band until present. JH Leppaluoto has put priorities in Charon
, not in Poisonblack
. Ville’s voice is like a lighthouse in the dark, easy recognised and powerful. You can hear some Sentenced
in his style in this band, but don’t expect a Cold
White Light pt II. Laihala still lends perfectly his warm, dark voice for dark, romantic, mysterious lyrics of this album. But Ville often shows that he still has the aggression and frustration he put in Sentenced
is still present in his vocals.
Second change is a more bombastic guitar work. LSD is more overwhelming than Escapextacy. The latter was more subtle, almost a declaration of love to somebody filled with metaphors and lust. LSD can be seen as the negative result: anger, unsatisfied lust, sadness, jealousy, despair… This translates itself in heavier guitars and daring keyboard lines and thus more bombast. The emotions mentioned above are well preserved under all this bombastic excesses.
Just like Escapextacy, has LSD more up tempo songs (Rush
) and somewhat slower tracks (Nail). A nice variation that keeps this album interesting. Even after several listens this album doesn’t bore (but I’m a Gothic
fan boy). The album keeps up its speed and doesn’t slo down speed because the band has lost inspiration or can’t keep the tempo up. I haven’t found fillers yet but the riff in Rush
is somewhat unorthodox compared towards the other riffs.
What is not good on this album? Not much, perhaps the fact that this is almost the harder Escapextacy pt II ? Since the style difference isn’t that big even with the new vocalist/ guitarist. Some listeners may be annoyed by some keyboard lines in songs such as Nail and Raviator.
I advise this album for anybody new to Gothic Metal
and is used to heavier metal genres. However if you are completely new to Metal
and aren’t into harder genres, start with Escapextacy since it is a lighter safer start. But the die-hard fans of Gothic
will find good music in this album, since it has all characteristics of good Gothic
album and Laihala has pressed his mark very clear on this. The biggest problem is the fact that this record is becoming quite rare to find