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The Black League
Released: 2000, Nuclear Blast
So Taneli Jarva is back after an extended hiatus with his new band, The Black League. Funny thing is, the sound is very much like what a certain band named Sentenced is doing these days. What a minute? Isn't Sentenced Jarva's old band? Yep. Kinda ironic, ain't it?
Sentenced sound-alike or not, it's good to hear Jarva's rasp once again. And even if TBL sounds like his former band, why shouldn't it? He helped to pioneer their current sound on the brilliant Amok album. Once of the major differences that I can hear between the two bands right now is that TBL is heavier than Sentenced. The band still does keep the more rock 'n roll side though. "One Colour Black" "We Die Alone" and "Ozymandias" are all awesome heavy rockers. The rest of the CD traverses all of the terrain that you'd expect from Jarva from fast 'n furious ("Blood of the Gods") to the slower more melancholy ("The Everlasting Pt. II" and "Winter Winds Sing"). The best part is, there's not a single throwaway song on the album.
While the album is definitely good, its nothing new, and while the fact that Jarva is back is enough to get excited over one album, it's going to take more than this on the next one. Welcome back Taneli, metal has missed you!
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