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Finland is not quite well known for its Industrial/Goth/Electro-Metal bands, and I would not call myself a fan of that genre, but this band could change both of those facts. OK, the band name for some reason demands more brain-acrobatics to be remembered - so do their label and genre colleagues Turmion Kätilöt - and some lyrics might be difficult to sing along, even WITH the text sheet in hand, but that´s pretty much all of the nagging I could provide. Those 5 guys from Kuopio offer a debut album that doesn´t sound like one. The production (mixing by Turmion-MC Raaka Pee) is flawless, songs and songwriting above the average, lyrics and artwork as well.

And then there is this video "Tides", which is equally well-done (see www.myspace.com/blackld) and running regularly on Finnish music TV - also the reason why I noticed those guys. In an attempt to describe the sound, I cannot avoid to mention Rammstein when it comes to rough and aggressive tracks - e.g. this great opener "For All You Heavy-Hearted". As comparison I´d mention also NIN, Sundown, Pain or Die Krupps in their Metal years. Sometimes it´s not the loops but the Metal guitars that dominate, like "The Song By Heart", which is somewhat catchy (just like the mentioned opener, "No Perfect Plan" or "So Much Better"). Other songs have a Proggy-bulky appeal, like "Same Story, Different People", or - strangely - "Tides". Singer Toni sounds in the clean parts like Ville Valo´s evil twin, but also offers real tough Rock/Metal vocals, and it´s this mix of rough-melodious, catchy-bulky that makes it interesting.

I can imagine that Black Light Discipline turn any German Goth/Industrial Club easily upside-down, as live they kick ass indeed - it´s actually really difficult NOT to dance to those beats... Therefore, genre-fans, remember this band (or better, make a note for remembering this band) - or best, just go and get this album right away...
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Added by Lex 2 years ago
on 27 June 2012 17:54



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