"The Black Heart Album"

By Dark Starr

This album is not for everyone. That’s for sure. It’s pretty extreme a lot of the time. Those offended by “bad words” should avoid it, too. For me, though, this has a great blend of extreme metal with more proggy epic stuff. It can be technical at times and just plain aggressive at others. Clearly it leans toward Gothic, dark stuff, too. It’s a strong album no matter where you put it under the “metal” flag, though. 

Piano leads off the set as “Hello” gets started. It’s dramatic and melodic as other layers are added as icing. Then it shifts towards an ominous soundtrack like sound from there. It’s atmospheric with effects and bits of vocals and screams making up the sound. Around the one minute mark metal guitar screams out and we’re on our way. The arrangement on the verses is more stripped back. This is very much epic metal. When it hits the chorus some extreme metal vocals join the mix and the cut really screams outward. The male vocals on this have the more extreme approach while the female ones bring it more into the melodic epic metal style. This is a great combination and the whole piece really works well. 
Earning a parental advisory for the lyrics, “The Seven Deadly Sins” is fierce. There are definitely symphonic epic metal things at play here. This is modern, heavy and very fast paced. Weird effects and things end the cut. A whispered voice followed by the sounds of liquid pouring and other soundbites begins “Black Heart.” With only little bits of music, that makes up the first minute plus of this. There is typing on a keyboard, a phone and more in it. They power out to some hard rocking stuff from there. It’s mellower than the previous two songs, but still gets pretty heavy. It’s more rhythmic in a lot of ways. It gets another parental advisory, too. 
“Seal This Moment” is arguably the best song on the whole disc. It’s also worth the price of admission all by itself. It could be called “progressive rock,” really. It powers in heavy, but has so many shifts and changes. There are much mellower moments in place after that pounding movement. It has so much magic built into it. This is epic in scope and scale. It’s quite theatrical in a lot of ways. It has some major screaming metal, but that mellower stuff runs counterpoint to it. This is a thrill ride from the start to the finish.