"Heart's Blood" (Candlelight; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

On Swedish unit Tenebre's 10-track endeavor, this veteran act's knack for creating credibly creepy atmosphere while setting the dance floor ablaze like The Sisters of Mercy or Bauhaus shines through.

With their blend of sullenly driven, keyboard-laden gothic metal, engaging intros like "Silver Flame" showcase this act's immense dramatic flare, while cuts like the Cult-esque rocker "Nightmare" demonstrates the band at its most raw and stripped down and "Black Void Nirvana" finds the group at its most melancholic and introspective.

"Heart's Blood" is eerie vocals, cool live drumming (a virtual rarity in this genre) and the kind of block-rocking beats that anyone who's ever heard Evanescence or Type O Negative can get into. Even those who hold memories of the past close to heart will dig this disc for its authentic vibe.

Hell, "Heart's Blood" might even encourage you to break out the PVC pants and black everything else for another spin.

For more information, check out http://www.tenebre.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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