Released: 2006, Nuclear Blast/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
In order to even remember this band, I had to listen to their debut album from 2002. This follow up has been delayed due to personal problems within the band but now they’re ready to welcome the release of TERMINATION BLISS. There has been a slight change in the line up as well. The lead singer, Whiplasher, has added Bernadotte to his name, guitarist Beast X Electric has left the band and new on bass is Skinny.
The guys have moved a little bit further away from the industrial metal they played on the debut. TERMINATION BLISS can still be considered a part of the industrial metal category but it has become a little more commercial. The production is more polished than before and there are influences of goth like HIM and 69 Eyes. Whiplasher Bernadotte doesn’t sing, instead he chants the lyrics and he has the perfect voice that fits the music. All of the musicians are skilled on their instruments but do they really have to use artist names? Honestly, how corny…luckily the names do not reflect the music.
TERMINATION BLISS was recorded in Black Syndicate Studios by Nightmare Industries and it’s mixed by the well-known Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Clawfinger etc.). I guess that Nightmare wants to portray the mood of the music properly, and this is something he has managed to do. Judging by the titles of the 11 songs are they all about death, darkness, depression, and anxiety, just as it always is when it comes to industrial metal and it takes a while to adjust to the album. When you’ve done that, it’s quite a joyful ride the guys take you on. Some of the songs are single material and along with a nice video I’m sure they will land pretty high up on the charts. The first single out is “Cyanide” and more memorable songs are “Tongues”, “Blitzkrieg”, “Play God”, “Trinity Fields” and “The Last Ammunition”. It’s just too bad that hey have chosen to include three ballads on the album. Without them, the album rating would be higher. The ballads are “Greatest Fight On Earth”, “Virtue To Vice” and “Termination Bliss” and please avoid them!
With proper promotion and single releases I do think that this album has all the possibility to climb high into the charts. If you’re new to the industrial scene I think TERMINATION BLISS is an excellent choice of album. Maybe older fans are going to be disappointed when they hear the more commercial side of Deathstars but once you listen to it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.