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BLOOD: Spleen

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Artist: BLOOD (@)
Title: Spleen
Format: CD EP
Label: Cure (@)
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
A new release for this Japanese trio still active in their third phase with Fu-Ki performing the charismatic vocals of this band. Spleen is a kind of conceptual mini-album and features 5 tracks. It is heavily inspired by the French tragic poetry "La Fleurs Du Mal" by Charles Baudelaire – so you’ll get the Japanese paraphrase of this story board. Musically BLOOD remain in their known paths by combining Goth-Rock with Fu-Ki’s smooth vocal performance and some synth textures here and there. The track "Danse Macabre" has to be named here with some orchestral-like synth layers and a rather gloomy mood, well done. Always outstanding on every release of this band is the photo art showing the band members wearing different costumes, jewels and ornaments inspired by their cultural and historical background of Japan – it’s like that they want to introduce and to share their culture to the wide international audience, while the photos here are aptly done on a snowy graveyard. Finest Goth-Rock with depth and decent concept, well done.