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Blackshine - Soulless And Proud (9,5/10) - Sweden - 2002

Genre: Gothic Rock
Label: SPV
Playing time: 41:07
Band homepage: Blackshine


  1. Love Our Hell
  2. Soulless And Proud
  3. Sacrifice
  4. Choked With Feathers
  5. Another Twist
  6. Light The Fuse
  7. Servants Of The Harvest
  8. Shadowman
  9. Blackheart Brain
  10. Outcast
  11. Fullmoon Rising
Blackshine - Soulless And Proud
Upon the opening track "Love Our Hell", I didn't quite pick up the Goth n' Roll feel as the bio for the band has been described as. What I got from the first riff was more of a raw Garage Rock/Punk band bursting with energy that will pump you up and get your adrenalin flowing.

Anders presents a voice that could be traced back to the like of Iggy Pop, Lemmy and Jyrki from THE 69 EYES before going full tilt on the Peter Steele Goth style vox. This even has the energy of THE HELLACOPTERS which is also based out of Sweden. What each of their songs have in common is that they are all punchy and catchy 1-2 numbers that get in and out and leave you begging for more.

By the time that BLACKSHINE hits the Goth n' Roll feeling is on track three "Sacrifice". While this does not drone like a typical Goth band with it's slow and eerie keys and haunting melodies, this I would have to say is a faster paced version of SISTERS OF MERCY with the guitar work. The feeling is there, but you have to just hear it for yourself. They don't really lay it on thick here, so you have to pay close attention to the Goth inspiration.

However, these guys still hit you like a ton of bricks with their raw and abrasive guitar jabs and slamming drums. "Choked" is where the Goth vibe really shines. You have to wait for it to really present itself. This time around, you will be really able to notice the Peter Steele/Jyrki styles wrapped around a Punk Rock beat. The best part about this is that Anders and the band have enough talent to be inspired by these bands, but not sound like them for far too long.

There is definitely enough creative juices flowing here to keep you hanging on till the last note of the album. The MOTÖRHEAD/Mickey Dee or Philthy Taylor vibe kicks in on "Light The Fuse" which is very dirty sounding and fast as hell. Goth never sounded more raw or powerful. Rather than pigeon hole this band, let's just say that you get a variety of styles here and they don't go on any major tangents.

They are able to keep it together and the songs intertwine rather nicely. This is an album that can't be ignored. (Online September 11, 2002)

Joe Florez

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