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Poisonblack - Escapexstacy - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. The Glow Of The Flames
2. Love Infernal Download
3. The State
4. All Else Is Hollow
5. In Lust Download
6. The Exciter Download
7. Lay Your Heart To Rest
8. With Her I Die
9. Illusion/Delusion
10. The Kiss Of Death
I was very excited to hear that Sentenced front man Ville Laihiala was involved in a side project. I have always been a huge Sentenced fan, and was hoping for that same kind of sound out of Poisonblack's debut album, Escapexstacy.

This record combines the cold, despairing sounds of newer Sentenced with One Second era Paradise Lost, mixed with the new edged sounds of Amorphis and End Of Green. Truly unique, mesmerizing, and very emotional, Poisonblack dwell heart and soul in a sadistic world of atmospheric loneliness. My main concern with this "atmosphere" however is that its too much, sometimes getting too caught up in its "cold dark place" and losing the listener all together. Massive heavy grooves inspire tracks like The Glow Of The Flames and Illusion/Delusion to go beyond the gloom and doom vibe, while sleepy tracks like In Lust and With Her I Die slow it down again (although both of those songs have soaring leads). Escapexstacy is a record that I consider cold-weather inspired, a wintery album thats dark and depressing with nowhere to go. Sometimes records like these are divine healing power to depressed souls already longing for a sea to drown in. If you are searching for a musical companion to share your occasional dark days, then Poisonblack is a valid candidate. Keep in mind misery always loves company.

--EC 1.27.03
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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 contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. 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. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
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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