Poisonblack sounds just like James Hetfield & Co. disguised are playing in some Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) tribute band. Well, some Gothic resonances are still vibrating mainly in their slower themes, but Poisonblack – just like many other bands – left behind their roots and strip down to the bones their sound and it results nothing but pure Rock. And above all this parallels, Poisonblack sounds mature, grinding powerful and those cracking guitar tone, catchy riffs, simple but colorful guitar solos and clean, powerful vocals are quite convincing. This Finnish band rocks literally.
After the departure of Juha-Pekka LeppÃ¤luoto in 2003 (currently in the bands Charon, Harmaja and Northern Kings), bringing of Ville Laihiala (ex-Sentenced) seems to be a winning card. Laihiala wrote very few songs for Sentenced whose main-songwriters were Miika Tenkula and Sami Lopakka, became the band’s principal songwriter, assumed vocal duties himself and has since led Poisonblack in a musical direction that closely mirrors that of his former band.
“Drive” comes right after last year release of “Of Rust and Bones” and its the band’s fifth full-length album. The album was recorded in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick Of It All), and the result is the perfect blend of relentless pounding and somber moments, I like more they harder, dynamic, Rock moments, but putting all the facts together, this is a strong and pulsing Rock album. “Drive” will be released in Scandinavia on April 27th. The release dates for the rest of Europe will be confirmed later, and it will be released in Japan on April 20th. The lead single “Mercury Falling” is a great taster from Poisonblack’s upcoming album, don’t miss it!