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Bobgoblin

Love Lost for Blood Lust

Review by Gary Hill

The blend of sounds here is interesting. With the name of the band and title, though, I anticipated something a lot heavier and darker. Still, this is a cool pop rock disc that has things ranging from punk rock to prog, 80s sounds and a lot more.The biggest problem is that it gets a bit samey at times.

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Track by Track Review
Feel No Pain

Combining pop, emo and more, this is a fun and energized rocker.

Danger
Power pop merges with 80s rock, modern alternative pop rock and more here. It’s not a big change, but another effective cut.
Waiting for the Sun
A bit harder rocking, this is good, but the formula is already starting to wear a bit thin. Still, the mid-section changeup is a bit proggy and some good variety.
Some Things I Want To Say
A bit more on the emo end of the spectrum, this is different enough to keep it from landing in the sea of sameness that is starting to permeate the set.
White Lines
There is a lit more punk here to keep this one interesting. The main problem to this point is that everything so far is in the same general area in terms of tempo. That makes it all start to sound the same.
Hide from Tomorrow
Punk and prog merge on this number. The pace is a bit less intense than some of the rest. That makes this some much needed variety and one of the strongest tracks of the disc.
Fighting Machines
This punky cut is definitely too much like other songs here. It doesn’t manage to stand out for that reason. That’s kind of a shame because taken by itself it’s pretty strong.
Eulogy for Poor Daniel
Here’s another that would be a lot better taken on its own. As part of the album it’s just far too similar to the rest and doesn’t stand out at all.
Turn Gears Turn
With punk and power pop in the mix, this one stands apart enough to make it a highlight. It’s a very strong cut, anyway. It even has some psychedelia in mix at times.
From the Hill
More of a mainstream rocker, this is another highlight and provides much needed variety.
Eternal Snow
Not only is this one of the most dynamic cuts of the disc, it’s also arguably the best. It has a great contrast between mellower and more rocking sounds and brings a lot of variety to the table. It’s an extremely strong piece.
I Know a Place
Another piece of variety, the early sections of this are based in a mellower, psychedelic rock texture. The later movements include a lot of high energy progressive rock, power pop and more, but it also drops back to the earlier sections. This is one of the best songs of the disc.

 

 
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