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Oh how sweet it is! - 88%

grimdoom, March 25th, 2009

This is the closest thing you'll EVER get to what a child of Type-O-Negative and the Misfits would sound like, and like the bastard of said union; its both fun, dark and a little tongue in cheek.

In saying that, one shouldn't except to hear a bastardized hybrid of 'Black No. 1' and 'Mars Attacks' with tons of self plagiarized Over Kill. On the other hand what we have here is a stylized and mature mixture of Gothic and Doom Metal with tasteful hints of the aforementioned with perhaps a few more nods, vocally at least, to the Misfits, due impart Myke Hideous tenure in said outfit.

The production is miles ahead of the debut as is the over all quality. The guitars are heavy but loose. There are no real solos but there are a few leads. They are a little more open in their delivery but they don't lack crunch.

The bass is what we've come to expect from DD, no frills and solid. If he was ever to break out of mold, this band would've been the place to do it. The drums are simplistic but effective. They employ several style specific traits while still managing to be fairly original in their delivery. They are one of the more standout parts of the recording.

There is some light keyboard work here and there but its nothing more than accent and intros. The vocals are mostly midrange with some higher and lower moments thrown in for good measure. Myke is without a doubt an able vocalist who can hold his own, but he is where ALL the Misfits references start and stop. The most prominent would be the "Whoa, Ooh" bridge and chorus patterns (words??) that they are so well known for. This doesn't detract from the music however.

According to DD (or at least an older statement from him via the bands official website) this WAS a Gothic Metal side project that evolved into a Doom Metal band. This album is the turning point in the bands sound, and while yes it certainly has a lot of Goth in its veins, the music is too slow and dark to be anything but Doom. This is a hybrid band and should appeal to those who enjoy both styles.

There is almost a menacing quality to the songs, perhaps a carry over from the various members Thrashy day jobs. It does add a unique street-esq vibe to the dark tunes. The music is very accessible but not mainstream by any means. The bands quirky lyrics about death, love and dismemberment are just shy of being witty. Their theme song, which takes a few seconds from the beginning of 'Sweet Home Alabama' is just another testament to the bands adherence to no one but themselves. Of all their albums this is by far their best offering to date and well worth hunting down.