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   BLOODFLOWERZ
7 Benedictions/7 Maledictions
2003
Silverdust Records
http://www.bloodflowerz.com


rating: 3/5

1. Wild Heart
2. Black Snake Sister
3. Dorian
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Generally gothic stuff in any form isn't quite my thing, although of course there are some exceptions. The Germany-based Bloodflowerz recently released their second album entitled "7 Benedictions/7 Maledictions". Their music combines elements from gothic rock, trendy "US-like" metal and alternative rock. The combination of female singer, crunchy guitars and some programming gives me the impression of riding on a trend wave, since the idea isn't all too original. But I'll leave the trivialities aside since the music itself is quite ok, at least. All the songs are based on one theme, that being either benediction or malediction. Unfortunately that doesn't show too much in the songs. I'd expect the ones about maledictions to be a little darker or gloomier in style, but the songs are pretty much all the same.

The singer of the band, Kristen, does a very good and enjoyable job. Her voice is warm and clear and suits quite well the semi-melancholy mood of the album. The album was produced by Siggi Bemm and the final result is very good. All the pieces fall into the right spot and therefore the overall sound seems well balanced. Musically the album, however, remains a little flat. There aren't that many highs, luckily the lows are also missing, but instead the album is like straight line with no surprises at all. The few songs that did catch my attention more than others are "Black Snake Sister" which is about lust, "Till The End" (hope) and "Last Exit" (wrath). All in all I think there's a bit too much material on the album with 14 songs and 55 minutes to keep the interest up throughout the album.

submitted by Aleksi 23.10.2003

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