Deathstars - Cyanide
In the music industry, four years between albums is a long, long time. One of the reasons that it has taken Whiplasher, Nightmare, Bone and Skinny so long time to release their second album is due to several problems with their previous record label. However, now that they have hooked up with Nuclear Blast, Deathstars are ready to unleash their distinguished mix of death- and black metal, electro, goth, synth and rock n' roll upon the world once again.
The previous album Synthetic Generation didn't quite manage to live up to the expectations set by the spectacular single that preceded it, and while there were glimpses of light here and there, it was an altogether uneven affair. The duo of "Cyanide" and "Motherzone" is at first difficult to separate due to their similarity, but after a few spins some impressive melodies start to unravel. Alas, both songs would be much heavier if the guitars would be allowed to take more space, instead of drowning them in keyboards that tend to sound rather tedious after a while.
Since the previous album felt like something of a let-down in the end, there are reasons to be suspicious about the upcoming Termination Bliss, due in January next year. However, these samples have potential, so who knows? Deathstars might have cooked up something surprising during their four year long hiatus.