Review Summary: A disappointing album that has potential to be so much better.
Deathstars is -
* Whiplasher Bernadotte – vocals
* Nightmare Industries – guitars, keyboards
* Cat Casino – guitars
* Skinny Disco – bass, backing vocals
* Bone W. Machine – drums
For the Deathstars, their previous effort Termination Bliss was a standout album. With singles like 'Blitzkrieg', they had managed to find the key ingredients for a fantastic Industrial album - heavy and simple. Whilst maintaining these two very simple ideas, Deathstars have managed to ruin their winning formula in two ways.
Firstly, and most obviously, is the change in vocal style of Whiplasher. Where Termination Bliss had a perfect mix of screams, whines and singing, Night Electric Night adopted a low, talk-like style. Mixed with the way an 'uh' sound is added to the end of every single line simply ruins the impact his voice has on the music. It no longer has the previous haunting effect, instead grinding as it becomes more obvious with each listen.
Secondly, the album is plagued with horrible lyrics. To be fair, Termination Bliss certainly had its moments of cringe-worthy writing, but the content on Night Electric Night sees a huge reduction in quality. For example, in Babylon -
'Say what you want me to do-uh
And I will do it for you-uh
Say who you want me to do-uh
And I'll do her too-uh'
Such writing seems to suggest that the band are playing too much to their creepy persona, without exploring new themes. Other lyrical areas are just as sloppy, including the embarrassing chorus to 'The Mark of the Gun', and the uninspired verses of 'The Fuel Ignites'.
With these things being said, tracks like 'Chertograd' go a long way to rescuing the album from complete hopelessness. It is a diamond of a track on a painfully average disc. It is one of the only tracks to feature Whiplasher's fantastic and unique raspy-scream, and mixes it with the brilliant female vocals that were used so frequently on TB. Female vocals make several appearances on several tracks, including 'Blood Stained Blondes' and 'Babylon', but they feel more like they were added purely for the sake of it, rather than really impacting the tracks. Nevertheless, the music is still heavy, with fantastic production on all instruments. The use of strings once more really adds to the quality and mood of the music, shown particularly in tracks such as 'Arclight'.
Not much has been said about the individual tracks, but once you've heard one bad track on the album, you've heard them all. Unfortunately, there is little variation to speak of. Whilst Night Electric Night is worth a listen, one cannot do so without wondering what it would sound like if it was recorded in the style of Termination Bliss, with more effort made towards better lyrics. However, the release certainly does not symbolise the end of the Deathstars, and the potential for a quality release in the future is still present in the band with much more to offer than was given here.
- Arclight (Horrible singing, but a good song nonetheless)