Released: 2012, Century Media Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
“Blood” is the fourth Album from the Hollywood based five-piece, who return with a new stylistic approach. The band who have been successfully carving out a musical presence since first inception in 2005, when Maria Brink (vocals) and Chris Howorth (guitar) met through mutual friends. They quickly set about releasing Beautiful Tragedy (2007), The Dream (2008) with soaring releases under their belts their most recent release “Blood” delivers a more dynamic and focused record that has been anticipated since 2010’s release “A Star-Crossed Wasteland” rang out its final note.
The album opens with “Rise with me” which is a very sooth starter with the elements of orchestration and Brink’s vocals ringing across like a light in the dark. The calm before the storm effect kicks in just before the albums self titled song “blood” begins. With the pure aggression you are met with, is a great cornerstone to the album and is highlighted within following track “Adrenalize” as well. The unexpected dynamics of the music is that of a pleasant one, with the technically altered vocals that where jarring at first, become rudimentary to the albums style.
The album really comes together when the style progresses into the fourth track “whore” which is a rich feminism laced power track. As the album progresses this becomes more of a relevant subject matter as “you’re gonna’ listen” kicks in,doing exactly what it says in the title with the rich textures now lacing the aggression. After a short interval instrumental another chapter begins with “Burn” that is laced with the breathtaking bittersweet poetry that is familiar to fans of the older material, the impressive vocal range of Brink is here displayed to full capacity.
“Scarlet” is one of the most beautiful songs on the album, with the guitar workings of Howorth really coming to light with the gorgeous flickers of vocal hooks among the cascades. After another instrumental interlude “From the Ashes” raises to deliver the classic formula of the bands creativity, with the various chugging, churning and pummelling sounds with the rich flavours of vocal and piano led harmonies on top. “Beast within” and “Comanche” hold the electronic moments of technically rich composing in the past as they are very stripped down and raw in sound.
Second to last song “the blood legion” is a very calm piece that builds into the swirls of screams and swish guitars that make it a stand out track. The eager anticipation for the final track “11:11” is the icing on this electronically charged cake, with its fallen angel sounding vocals and smooth orchestrations.
Overall the new album harbours more matured songs which have interesting flavours, containing lyrics that have been charged with societies failures as well as life experiences the troupe have created a successful angry audio riot. Using their invigoratingly addictive blend of danceable, empowering musical exploration “blood” has seen a creation of something which reflects the manifesto of confidence and strength that seeps from every pore of the new material.
Review by Ashlinn Nash