Company: Brain Bomber
Reviewer: Eric Compton
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’.
About this Writer: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.