Bloodline is the dream child of The Dreamside members Roman Schoensee
and vocalist Kemi Vita. This is the second release under The
Bloodline name and with this new release they take you on a dark tour of
what The Bloodline are really all about.
The best way I can describe The Bloodline is that they are a modern day
Sisters of Mercy. Mixing dark vibes with vigorous modern keyboards
and mammoth guitar riffs.
The album opener 'At The Waters of Lethe' is as dark as it is soulful,
with the mix of growling male vocals, and harmonious female vocals, make
this a very interesting start to the album. And from here the
album simply goes from strength to strength.
The second track ‘Final Journey’ melts gently in from the opener and
is a more sombre affair, but still has those dark undertones as the
opening line indicates "... he knew he was dead as darkness grew
darker and darker...". This sums up the track wonderfully as
the song develops into a dark journey from this world to the next.
‘Opium Hearts’ is more of a narrative track that acts as a build up
to ‘Cut The Corts’, a track where you get that definite Sisters Of
Mercy feel with the haunting female vocals backing the more fiery male
The pace picks up with ‘Remember’ that once again has that Sisters
vibe to it, but much darker in concept, and also is a little Siouxsie
and the Banshees vocally.
The final few tracks bring this crescendo of darkness to a close, with
‘Abandon All Hope’ and ‘I Think We Simply Fall’ being some of
the darkest gothic metal you will hear for sometime.
The title track ‘Where Lost Souls Fall’ starts off with a narrative
from Fried Bruggink and develops into a dark fairy tale of myths and
monsters and once again melts seamlessly into the final track ‘Ocean
In Flames’ which ends this truly haunting album, the likes I haven’t
heard before. Stirring stuff.