The Blue Season

Secede

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The goth metal landscape into which the Blue Season launched its debut album, Secede, was about as crowded and competitive as they came in 2001, with countless bands of some renown (the Gathering, Lacuna Coil, etc.) already holding court all over the European continent. Not to be outdone, these German upstarts quickly set about attempting to one-up their peers by combining such disparate elements as heavy metal power, goth rock atmospherics, growled male vocals, sweet female singsongs, hard-hitting percussion, and...Latin-flavored congas? It certainly is a lot to stomach, and despite a worthy effort -- thanks no less to the LP's very professional production values -- the group's talents can't quite do its ambitions justice here. Credit the bandmembers for trying, however, and highlights of this seven-song set like "Dreamdancer" and "You" bode well for the Blue Season's future.

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