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Black League
Ghost Brothel
Type: CD
Company: Brain Bomber
Release: 2009
Genre: Doom/Stoner
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 9/1/2009
Dark, bluesy hard rock band
BMan, I’ve missed nearly a decade of The Black League. ‘Ghost Brothel’ is the Finnish quartet’s fifth record and first for new label Brainbomber. Things sure have changed a lot since the 2000 debut. Progressively, the group have morphed into this dark, bluesy hard rock band. It’s very Danzig at times, but that’s a cop-out comparison. This sort of thing could easily appeal to fans of Lordi and Mustasch if you wanted to dig below the headstone. “Malabarista” serves up a mid-tempo rocker with melody, hooks and a lively battery with enough clang on the cymbals for the pubs. “Until We Sail” and “Beast is a Riddle” rip 'n tear with blues riffing while the group slow things down to a crawl with bass-heavy "Bipolar Meltdown". It’s still an identity crisis, but a much more enjoyable one 9-years removed from the ice-breaking ‘Ichor’.
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Ghost BrothelBlack League
2009
Eric Compton9/1/2009
IchorBlack League
2000
Eric Compton9/15/2005


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