Blood Stain Child
Epsilon


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (219 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2011 | 125 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: trance metal.

Sometimes it seems like Japanese people come from a different planet, and that isn’t even racism talking, that’s just common knowledge. Their bizarre obsession with all things anime has officially creeped out most of us by now (even though it’s unnaturally cute), and it seems not even an album cover can avoid the anime treatment. Anyway, the reason to mention this is because Japanese bands are generally as insane as you would expect them to be. Unfortunately, Epsilon is the kind of album that looks good on the outside, but isn’t quite as epic on the inside. It’s a solid album, for sure, but in comparison to Amaranthe’s impressive debut album, Blood Stain Child’s newest album suddenly doesn’t look so unique.

It seems that melodic death metal is a genre that continuously runs out of juice, and an album like this staples that feeling. You see, melodic death metal is getting lighter with age, to the point where the “death” part of metal can sometimes be forgotten (it is in this album). Blood Stain Child’s version of melodic death metal incorporates large doses of trance, which isn’t really as original as you might imagine. Also, the album has a decidedly poppy feel to it, with interlaced pop beats and electronics, and although the trance elements attempt to make the album unique, it ends up as a pop metal album. It’s less of a metal album with pop elements, and more of a pop album with metal elements. Whether or not this helps or hinders the album is debatable, and ultimately depends on your personal preference. In my opinion, it isn’t necessarily bad, but it takes away from the album being convincing as a melo death album. Then again, it still makes a lot of fun, and more accessible songs.

The metal elements here are typical, but done fairly nicely. The guitars bring the heavy, melodic riffs, and the drums are surprisingly excellent with double bass kicking and even some blastbeats. There are a few problems though. The bass guitar is inaudible, and the screams, although decent enough, happen to be incredibly grating. Considering that the screams really contribute to the melo death feel, it is important for them to be there in such an extensive level, but at the same time it would be nice for him to shut up for once. The greatest aspect of the album is the supreme melodies with strong choruses, so whenever screams are done, the melodic feel is decimated. In short, the band can’t decide what they want to be, and this leaves the listener in confusion, not sure what they’re supposed to like. Top off the album with poor recording quality, and you get an album that seems worse than it actually is.

Despite some flaws, the album is still entirely catchy, fun, and listenable. Many thanks are given to the new lead singer, Sophia, who is a rather proficient singer, and honestly, her vocals fit this type of music perfectly. With the correct amount of punch and pop in her voice, she compliments the music perfectly, which is also punchy and poppy. Blood Stain Child have made an album that is definitely solid, but in comparison to other bands that do the same style but better, one never shakes the feeling that it isn’t that special.



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pizzamachine
June 23rd 2011


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Then again, I really like this.

Whispered4tw
June 23rd 2011


864 Comments


Every song on this album sounds the same and has this 'ah fuck the verses, we'll just throw a super duper catchy chorus at it and all will be fine' formula. The trance elements and occasional guitar solos don't really add a lot either.

I do think it's a fun listen though.

ButcheredChildren
June 23rd 2011


5590 Comments


Final Fantasy looking album cover.

greg84
Emeritus
June 23rd 2011


7598 Comments


I prefer electro-metal from Polkadot Cadaver. Good review though. Pos'd.

Digging: Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics

Acanthus
June 23rd 2011


9812 Comments


Looks like I'll be sticking to Dir En Grey for my insane Japanese needs, liked the review though and way to throw in that Amaranthe reference!

Irving
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


7504 Comments


ILUPIZZPOS.

silentstar
June 23rd 2011


2526 Comments


I really enjoyed this album, and have already checked out Amaranthe's, what's next for me?

Willie
Moderator
June 23rd 2011


17610 Comments


Good review, interesting album cover. Terrible music ;)

pizzamachine
June 23rd 2011


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks guys! Willie, I think our musical taste similarities are slowly drifting away. *cues sad music*

bloc
June 24th 2011


52995 Comments


Get used to the feeling : )

Digging: Sparks - No. 1 in Heaven

pizzamachine
June 24th 2011


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol thanks for the encouragement

Raz0rGrind23
June 28th 2011


461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't mind a few tidbits from Idolator but as a whole it was pretty weak. How does this compare to that one?

Digging: Outre - Hollow Earth

foxblood
July 26th 2011


9475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why is this....so much damn fun to listen to.

Raz0rGrind23
July 27th 2011


461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Quite the album

BallsToTheWall
September 7th 2011


48994 Comments


This shit aint troo but WTF I LOVE THIS SHIT. The melo death with the j-pop with the trance and the female poppy vocals. God damnit.

Digging: Protector - Golem

Hawks
September 8th 2011


62423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been avoiding this because of the horrible album cover, but I just listened to Forever Free and holy shit it was awesome and very catchy.

Digging: Senses Fail - Life Is Not a Waiting Room

modey3
November 20th 2011


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually like this album more than their last two albums. Very catchy with the added J-Pop elements. Not one band in existence like them.

bloc
December 15th 2011


52995 Comments


Damn this is pretty cool

foxblood
December 15th 2011


9475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is so fun

Hawks
December 15th 2011


62423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forever Free is still my jam.



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