Love Like Blood


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With the departure of guitarist Mark Wheeler, Love Like Blood unfortunately lost the guiding hand that made its two albums An Irony of Fate and Odyssee such memorable gothic masterpieces. New guitarist Colin Hughes lacks Wheeler's virtuosic flair for texture and orchestration, and therefore leads the band to less-distinguished territory on Exposure. But all is not lost; Hughes' decidedly more metallic style gives the band a sharp edge, and the core of the band (Yorck and Gunnar Eysel -- on lead vocals and bass respectively -- and drummer Jochen Schmid) perform with energy and conviction as always. Exposure reveals that Yorck Eysel ultimately remains the anchor of Love Like Blood; his powerful, growling baritone will always be the band's calling card. Taken in the overall context of Love Like Blood's catalog, Exposure is a strong effort, but is nonetheless eclipsed by its two brilliant predecessors.

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