|Review: Flowing Tears - Razorbliss|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2004
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: November 8, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 5/5 (100%) (2 Votes)
There was some doubt as to whether there would be another Flowing Tears CD after "Serpentine", as crooner Stephanie Duchenne left the band shortly after it was recorded. But mastermind Waldemar and co. signed on an excellent replacement in the person of chanteuse Helen Vogt and have produced another cracker of an album with "Razorbliss".
I just like this band. What we have here is a Gothic band that does not forget about the metal, and manages to avoid being either self-pitying or boring. Flowing Tears write snappy, punchy songs with heavy riffs and a lot of groove, topped off with the mournful contralto of new frontbabe Vogt. I like that there are no operatic stylings to the vocals, that the music uses keys but is not abused by them, and keeps the focus clearly on the guitars. No instrumentals, no spoken-word bullshit – none of the posturing crap that plagues so many Goth bands. Flowing Tears have just written an album of 12 good songs, with a couple of really good ones. Highlights include the title track, the catchy "Virago" "Mine Is The Ocean" and "Undying", and the searing "Firedream". The lyrics are a bit unfocused, but well-written for all that, but there are no clinkers in this bunch, and overall this is a more consistent album than "Serpentine", if a bit more conventional.
So "Razorbliss" is another winner, and any fan of chick-fronted Gothic Metal like Lacuna Coil and Elis should immediately put this on their "I want" list (Yes Tony, we know that does not include you. Hush.) As for my money, Flowing Tears are even better than many of their brethren who have been getting way more ink. Recommended.
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