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Bloodline, The - Opium Hearts (8/10) - Germany - 2000

Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Serenades
Playing time: 43:35
Band homepage: -


  1. Houmfor
  2. Paralyzed
  3. Opened Eyes Dream
  4. A Sacred Place
  5. Dh'Laya
  6. Lost Souls In The Land Of Delight
  7. Bloodline
  8. Shadowflame
  9. Left To Rot Forever
Bloodline, The - Opium Hearts
Ah yes, a former PYOGENESIS-musician is coming back. Bassist Roman Schoensee, who by the way has recorded all the instruments by himself, gives a new sign of life, which thankfully has got nothing to do with the current sound of his former band.

Dark Gothic Metal with Death Metal-vocals is what you'll find here, with big emphasis on the accessibility of the songs, just like "Houmfor" proves right at the beginning. Overall very varied, there are sparsely instrumented tracks like "Paralyzed", which grows towards the end, CREMATORY-esque stuff like "Lost Souls In The Land Of Delight" up to speech-samples, which I think stem from Sigmund Freud.

As highlights I would like to award "Bloodline" and "Left To Rot Forever" and as the end: If you search for melodic Gothic Metal with rough vocals, then you should take THE BLOODLINE into account.

Alexander Melzer

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