Released: 2006, Century Media
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen
After laying Sentenced to the everfrost rest, an excellent opportunity arose for the now former frontman of Sentenced - to re-activate PoisonBlack from hiatus. Recording the second PoisonBlack album took a long time as the recording was carried out in different places. Final mixing of the album was handled by Tue Madsen, who has previously worked with The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn etc.
Comparing PoisonBlack to Sentenced is as pointless as comparing night to day, but in one case the similarities between Sentenced and PoisonBlack are more or less obvious when speaking of Laihiala’s delivery. The man’s dark and masculine voice fits perfectly to the sound of PoisonBlack which definitely appeals to the female fans.
Sounds of the second PoisonBlack album have been mixed to have more groove and even rougher elements, creating kind of a dirty sound feeling. That kind of approach suits the album giving a recognizable sound for PoisonBlack. It isn't a surprise that the album sounds great when a man like Tued Madsen has been behind the desk.
The album definitely contains a plenty of dismal and the typical Finnish melancholic metal hymns. Frankly, Ville Laihiala has always been an excellent interpreter of that kind of metal/rock stuff with his dark voice. Even though Laihiala has shown his ability behind the mic, the man has the skills to create these catching tunes on the guitar. Whereas the keyboards give another type of final feeling to the sounds on the album.
As stated above, the album contains a plenty of good songs including touching emotional songs. Surely some readers caught the video of “Rush” on MTV2, giving a good impression of the band’s dismal and a slightly gothic approach. PoisonBlack’s second album proves the former Sentenced vocalist isn’t just resting on his laurels. Instead, we see him pushing his current band forward with fire and passion.