Blood Stain Child
Epsilon


3.0
good

Review

by endtell USER (2 Reviews)
June 21st, 2011 | 14 replies | 7,342 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is change always good ?

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Blood Stain Child is a Japanese metal band from Osaka, Japan. Throughout their career, this band has been changing its style a lot. Their two first albums, Silence of Northern Hell and Mystic Your Heart, were more simple Melodic Death Metal, they were often named as "Japan's In Flames", because of what they look like and Ryo's vocals, which sound like Anders Friden's. Their sound was pretty similar to Children Of Bodom. Then, in 2005, Idolator was released, and the band started adding trance elements in their music, while keeping the metal ones, creating something new and refreshing. The trance elements were pushed to extreme in Mozaiq, and the metal aspect was still there, but a bit less noticeable.
Hence, their musical style could be described as melodic-trance death metal. Epsilon is the first album to feature vocalist Sophia and drummer Gami after the departure of Sadew (vocalist) and Violator (drummer, and one of the founding fathers).

First of all, the first thing you will notice while listening to this, is Sophia. Blood Stain Child's new musical aspect is all about Sophia. She is now the lead vocalist, but Ryo is still there for the growls. Unfortunately, the growls are less present in this album than in their previous release, especially in the second half of the album.
Sophia's vocals are pretty ordinary, but they're still beautiful and fit Blood Stain Child's style perfectly. Ryo's harsh vocals are brutal, energetic and emotional; they really add something to the songs. Robotic vocals have appeared in songs like Sirius VI and Moon Light Wave, just to name a few. Claudio Ravinale and Ettore Rigotti from Disarmonia Mundi are doing guest vocals in this, but unfortunately, they're underused, and only sing a few sentences. Ettore did the mixing aswell, and made some songs like S.O.P.H.I.A. similar to Disarmonia Mundi at some parts, with some voice effects.

Nonetheless, the trance aspect is still there, and is better than in Mozaiq. The electronics are refreshing, and very present in Dedicated to Violator. They seem more energetic than in Mozaiq. Unfortunately, bass is non-existent, but that's not a big problem.
The biggest problem is from the song structures. Okay, it's catchy (very catchy in Stargazer) and makes you want to dance, but the song are terribly simple and predictable. Epsilon lacks of technicality. The song structures are similar. First of all, the intros are pretty similar in each songs, like in Sirius VI and in Eternal. In addition, the choruses are pretty similar, all featuring Sophia, with guitar, drums and trance elements.

While I'm talking about drums, let me add that they're VERY simple. Sometimes, they get technical and fast in Forever Free but otherwise, they're forgettable. Nonetheless, guitar is top-notch, like in the epic solo in Eternal and Unlimited Alchemist. But, the electronic elements upstage the guitar, which is not always a good thing.

Some tracks standout though, like Stargazer with its epic electronics, and Sirius VI with its catchiness. Overall, Epsilon is a good album: it's very catchy, full of electronics and with some great guitar work, but has some major flaws, like Sophia's ordinary vocals, the departure of some metal aspects, the simple drums, the predictable and simple song structures, the under-used guests and it's overproduced. It's still some good refreshing stuff, that you will listen multiple times, thanks to its never-heard-before sound.


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trance metal....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
endtell
June 21st 2011



57 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My second review, feedback would be appreciated.

ev0ken
June 21st 2011



586 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yes! can't wait to hear this.

pizzamachine
June 21st 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Anyone who likes this album should check out Amaranthe's self-titled album.

endtell
June 21st 2011



57 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you don't really care about simplicity and the fact that some metal elements are gone, this would be rated as 3.5/5.

ButcheredChildren
June 21st 2011



5591 Comments


The album cover makes it look high Final Fantasy influenced

Tyrael
June 21st 2011



20738 Comments


Anyone who likes this album should check out Amaranthe's self-titled album.

Haha thanks Pizza now I know I have to avoid this ;]


pizzamachine
June 21st 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dang it!

endtell
June 21st 2011



57 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bah, he should've never said that. But anyway, if you don't like overproduced metal with a lot of clean vocals and catchiness, avoid this.

Whispered4tw
June 21st 2011



594 Comments


Um, looks like they used some final fantasy character for their album cover or something.
Didn't like their previous album, will see if this is any good.

Tyrael
June 21st 2011



20738 Comments


Dang it!

Just kidding, I'll check it out :]

Alucard125
June 21st 2011



534 Comments


Sounds interesting, loved Idolator so might check this out. Good review as well ;)

Xenorazr
June 21st 2011



337 Comments


Didn't even know they were working on a new album. And I agree with ButcheredChildren. Might check this out later.

Butkuiss
June 23rd 2011



4109 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Loved Mozaiq, especially the trance elements. Sounded fresh, tbh. A bit reluctant to check this out though, seeing as Sadew and Violator are gone. I never digged Ryo's vocals as much as I did Sadew's.

Brabiz
May 30th 2014



141 Comments


Merry-Go-Round is a cool song imo



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