This is a zine dedicated to Symphonic and gothic metal

REVIEW OF THE NEW ALBUM “CULT” BY THE BAND TO/DIE /FOR 2015

To/Die/For is one legend band from Finland in the genre of Gothic Metal. They started in 1993 under the band name Mary-Ann and after a self titled full length album and one EP , the band changed their name .Since then the group has many line-up changes and finally founding in 1999 the singer Jarno “Jape” Perätalo and the guitarist Juha Pekka “Juppe” Sutela .The other members are Eza Viren Guitar ,Samuel Schildt  Bass and Matti Huopainen onDrums. The album “Cult” is the seventh album of them, The last album was released in 2011 and was with the title”Samsara”.

Let’s see track by track the songs of this album:

1.In Black:

The track opens with the wild voice of Jarno under the sound of the pounding drums.The song has many melodic bridges and the  science fiction keyboard works very well.

RUNNING TIME: 4.03

RATING : 8.5/10

2. Screaming Birds:

Beginning with male vocals (sounding like the old time Ville Valo) but soon the voice getting strong and like desperately reckless  scream bring to the song a dramatic mood,The guitar solo is very good and musically the whole track sounding very good and remind to us the old times of this band.

RUNNING TIME: 5.08

RATING : 10/10

3. Unkown III :

The longest in time track but less in dark sound.The song sounding like an alternative rock piece.In the middle of the song we hear a female voice to combine with the male vocals.The female voice belong to Esa Viren’s sister Linnea Kelin. The keyboard is very good and we have some good guitar work.

RUNNING TIME: 6.06

RATING : 9/10

4.Mere Dream:

This is a small piece with sad sound , with seconds of doom guitar and soothing piano.

RUNNING TIME: 2.36

RATING : 6/10

5. You :

This track is in fast tempo with strong bass work and catchy keyboard . The vocla lead harsh through the excellent guitar solos.

RUNNING TIME: 4.44

RATING : 8/10

6. Straight Up  (Paula Abdul Cover) :

Here it’s a cover of Paula Abdul song .Again here we listen the female voice to combine with the male voice.The interplay between the two vocalist is effective  and give one good musically taste. To/Die/For make a cover of one other genre,they know well the rules and the song sounding pretty much well.

RUNNING TIME: 5.00

RATING : 8/10

7.Let it Bleed :

The track has good and bad moments , the voice is less powerful and the drums weak, but also the bass sound and the guitars work save the piece.

RUNNING TIME: 4.22

RATING : 6/10

8. End of Tears:

We run  apiece in the same motivo  as the previous songs of the album.the keyboard one more time is very good and lead  more than all the other instruments.Is a beautiful depressing  performance but again something missing from the old band’s sound .

RUNNING TIME: 5.27

RATING : 8/10

9. Dear Delirium  (bonus track):

And this is the bonus track of the album ,a little piece which sound good with a heavy guitar solo.

RUNNING TIME: 2.32

RATING : 8/10

Finally the new album of TO/DIE /FOR is not the best work of them , some songs are very good but from one legendary band we waiting something special.I love the band all the past years  and I don’t have the power to stop follow them,It’s up to you folks if you want to follow my way!

RATING : 7.94/10

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