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Deathstars: Night Electric Night
Gothic Rock, Industrial
Bieler Bros. Records, Nuclear Blast Records
February 3rd, 2009
Release length: 44:17
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Deathstars is quickly growing into one of those must watch bands. With a couple releases under their belt thusfar, it’s this release, Night Electric Night that finds it’s way to the States. While this album isn’t really anything we haven’t heard so far in the states, as the music on this release sounds as though The 69 Eyes had a bastard child with Rammstein, but at least much of the album is well done.

The glam sound and appearance of the band really helps to set them apart from other bands in the style, especially with their dark lyrics that revolve around even violence, death and suicide. “Chertograd” starts the album off strong, but it isn’t until the single track, “Death Dies Hard”, that you’ll really grow to appreciate the album’s dark glammy rock approach. This track is, obviously, the best off the album, and where things start to get a little complicated to say the least. Lyrically, “Mark Of The Gun” feels more like some sort of diplomatic emo-like anthem about suicide, and “Via The End” is a pretty well done rock anthem, but has an oddly out of place solo about half way through with keyboards that, though trying to be haunting, really just become annoying.

Sadly nothing else on the album seems to reach the catchiness and intensity of “Death Dies Hard”. Granted “Blood Stains Blondes” is rather catchy, but won’t make you want to pump your fists into the air, and “Arclight” is the same way. Much of the album seems to hit a bit of a mid-tempo pace once “Blood Stains Blondes” hits, relying more on the keyboards then anything else. At first listen, the latter six songs on the album may seem to just be filler material, but they really aren’t. The only problem with them is that they seem to be rather forumlaic, but then again almost every track on this album really seems to follow a pattern of having a rather slower paced verse followed by a heavier chorus with a lot of focus being put on the keyboards. The only real downfall to this release would be the closer track, “Opium”, which just sounds a little too bland in comparison to the rest of the album, with a rather cliche chorus that just seems out of place.

Night Electric Night is a very impressive album from Deathstars, and definitely shows a lot of potential. The music on here is catchy, even though there’s only one track on here that will really get your blood pumping, and “Mark Of The Gun” sounds just a bit too emo, but the rest are just catchy and well polished. If you’re looking for some new that also borders on the dark side, then let Night Electric Night take you for a ride.

01. Chertograd – 4:46
02. Night Electric Night – 4:04
03. Death Dies Hard – 3:21
04. Mark Of The Gun – 4:02
05. Via The End – 4:08
06. Blood Stains Blondes – 3:16
07. Babylon – 4:19
08. The Fuel Ignites – 4:01
09. Arclight – 4:35
10. Venus In Arms – 4:02
11. Opium – 3:43
Overall Score: 7.5/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.