Poisonblack - A Dead Heavy Day
27 August 2008

Disc I [CD]
01. Introuder
02. Diane
03. Left Behind
04. Bear The Cross
05. A Dead Heavy Day
06. Me Myself And I
07. X
08. Human-Compost
09. The Days Between
10. Hatelove
11. Low Life
12. Only You Can Tear Me Apart

Disc II [DVD - Live Acoustic At Gloria, 27th March 2008]
01. The Glow Of The Flames
02. The Kiss Of Death
03. A Dead Heavy Day
04. Nail
05. Pain Becomes Me
06. In Lust
07. X
+ Rush [video]
+ Making Of "A Dead Heavy Day"

It's been a couple of years since Sentenced disbanded leaving all of us with a huge gap concerning the future of this kind of music. Luckily the great voice behind the band Ville Laihiala went on with his music career as the leader of Poisonblack. In this album Poisonblack delivers us a masterpiece of well played gothic metal from Finland!

The emotions that surround the songs of this album are indescribable! Songs like "X" make me proud as a music fan in general! "A Dead Heavy Day" may not be the most original album of all times but its simplicity is what makes it so special. It is definitely not a copy-paste of Sentenced but it has their aura and the greatness that surrounded their music. All musicians in this album are very good but I insist on the contribution of Ville who in my view has one of the best metal voices and takes the songs to a much higher level! Lyrically speaking it's kind of typical of his song writing but the way he sings the lyrics makes you instantly familiar with them. "Bear The Cross", "A Dead Heavy Day", "X" , "Hatelove" are such great compositions with grand choruses and simple but solid and beautiful solos. Nothing more, nothing less..

I totally recommend this album to all metal and non-metal fans that want to hear beautiful music. As a bonus in the special edition there is a dvd with a semi-acoustic show: my advice is turn it into mp3 and listen it along with the album, it gives the songs a different vibe that I truly appreciated! The rating might be a bit high but this album has effected me as a person and as a musician and that cannot go unappreciated!

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9

Band profile: Poisonblack
Album: A Dead Heavy Day


written by ioannisk | 13.02.2009

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Jason W. - 18.02.2009 at 22:38  
I'm glad someone decided to add a review for this disc. While I don't agree that this is a gothic metal album, it's a very good metal album. It's got plenty of hard-rocking tracks, a couple of misses, and lyrics that are great for the drive home after a good night out with friends.

Yes, the vocals are a highlight here - at first I didn't know what to think of the throatier approach, but now I agree it's a smart move, and it really works well with the music. I also enjoy "Lowlife" and "Diane" a great deal. Too bad this disc got minimal promotion here in the US - it'd be a killer disc for radio airplay.
Italics - 19.07.2009 at 01:00  
This album was awful IMO. 5/10.
"Escapextacy" was pure genius, I really hope they return to that sound...
BudDa - 13.11.2009 at 15:54  
I thot it was an average album so I guess 6.5 is fitting
The album is catchy and simple but it also sounds irritatingly similar to a more beefed up Nickelback

Good review though

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