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Rublood - "Star Vampire" (CD)

Rublood - "Star Vampire" CD cover image

"Star Vampire" track listing:

1. Star Vampire
2. Heart
3. Through The Looking Glass
4. Electro Starfuckers
5. Rainfall
6. True Blood
7. Policy Of Truth
8. Negative Bride
9. Goth Love
10. Ignition
11. In Love We Trust

Reviewed by on October 18, 2013

"Score another win for Bakerteam Records: Rublood is a band that knows how to balance heavy and non-metallic elements to be both catchy and extreme at the same time."

Score another win for Bakerteam Records: Rublood is a band that knows how to balance heavy and non-metallic elements to be both catchy and extreme at the same time. The goth side creates the atmosphere, the metal side makes for good head banging, and the dash of industrial adds an unexpected element to keep it all interesting. For those who like different genres mixing up in their metal, “Star Vampire” will definitely be an entertaining ride.

“Star Vampire” doesn’t mark the first time a band ever decided to throw dark, gothic atmosphere into the metal arena, but it is done with a solid mix of style and substance this time around. There’s energetic and electronic focused numbers like “True Blood,” charging heavy rockers like “Ignition,” and then tracks like “Rainfall” where the atmosphere gets kicked into high gear. The Transylvanian keyboards and heavy riffs giving way to psychedelic sound effects make the latter track an album highlight.

The lyrical content and themes are fairly straightforward, and it’s pretty obvious what’s on display with song titles like “Electro Starfuckers” and “Goth Love.” That may give some listeners pause if they prefer extreme to mainstream, but the only track that’s predominately pop over metal is “Negative Bride,” and even that’s still worth hearing.

So who is the target audience for Rublood’s latest full-length? Let me be clear: if you hated the way Nachtblut merged opposing genres you probably won’t like this either, but if a dose of both Rammstein and Depeche Mode in a heavy metal album seriously piques your interest, “Star Vampire” is easily a release to check out.

Highs: Swings easily between goth and metal without losing focus

Lows: Not everyone will dig the pop and goth elements, and it's not the most original album in the metalverse

Bottom line: Rublood combines equal amounts of goth and metal for a catchy, atmospheric experience that still has plenty of headbanging moments.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)