Rublood – Star Vampire22nd November 2013
Formed out of the remnants of Darkstar are Gothic Metallers Rublood!! Put together by a Lead singer Ruben Roll, they are intent on giving you some pretty innovative electronic gothic fusion.
Naming Depeche Mode and Rammstein as influences, you can expect some atmospheric metal right here. Apparently they even have their own dancers the “rubladies.” Interesting!!
So, get ready for some rip roaring, blood sucking fun!!
There is no doubt you get that haunting synthesised undercurrent to every one of their songs. Equally, you get a full bloody metal riff to carry you through each song!! The self titled “Star Vampire” is a solid song that embodies these qualities. Add to that, electro breaks and you’ve got an interesting concept my friend.
The songs have a real sophisticated structure underneath all that heavy riffage, with piano riffs and synths coming together on “Heart“, punctuated by abrasive vocals from Ruben. “Through The Looking Glass” is quite standard stuff really, reminds me of Soilwork with its electro metal composition.
“Electro Starfuckers” has a stomping metal riff with a really cool synth chorus in the background, reminding you that Rublood offer you something a little different from the average goths!! There are some pretty funky baselines thrown in there for good measure also, which can never be a bad thing.
Rublood have captured an anthemic electro gothic metal, not comparable to any of their contemporaries. Songs like “Rainfall” with its harpsichord intro, metal verse and synth melodies are unique to the core. “True Blood” has the chime of a clock as an intro, followed by…. you guessed it, metal and synths people, don’t knock a winning combination I say!!
“Policy Of Truth” with its cascading piano riff intro, is symbolic of a band revelling in its own creativity and this comes across to the listener. “Negative Bride” however has a bit of a Europop feel initially, but improves in time, so not the best song on the album then!! The drumming is pretty special on the track, so all is not lost!!
Just when you thought you weren’t going to get some vampire clichés, along comes “Gothic Love” encouraging you drink various peoples blood, of course. “Ignition” is right back on track with the seedy electro-metal nightmare from previous songs. At once sounding like a European Electro disco in the distance, whilst retaining the credibility of Gothic metal, it is rather impressive.
The finale “In Love We Trust” is a fitting one. With plucked violin strings playing at fast pace, with morphed electro sounds all served on a bed of solid black metal, there’s never a dull moment.
With fantastic production, unique gothic quirks and successful electro fusion all in the mix, what are you waiting for? It’s worth it’s weight in blood!!
Score: 8 out of 10
Album: Star Vampire
Record Label: Bakerteam Records
Release Date: 28th October 2013
1. Star Vampire
3. Through The Looking Glass
4. Electro Starfuckers
6. True Blood
7. Policy Of Truth
8. Negative Bride
9. Goth Love
11. In Love We Trust
For fans of: Innovative Goth Fusion[/box_dark]