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Out Of The Grave And Into The Dark - Balzac

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk / Artist: Balzac / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2005-06-28 at Rykodisc

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      27.02.2008 22:47
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      Collects 'Came Out of the Grave' and 'Dark-Ism' (2005).

      I was only able to come by Balzac's eighth album 'Dark-Ism' in conjunction with its predecessor in this collected volume, and was disappointed to see just how easily the two fit onto one CD; as 'Came Out of the Grave' was surprisingly substantial for a Balzac release, that unfortunately means that 'Dark-Ism' is less than thirty minutes in length, the first signal that the band has once again slipped into a state of relative decline.

      It's not all bad though, and essentially the only problem with this album is one of unimaginative consistency that sees most songs sounding the same. The songs all feel long-winded again after the success of the previous album, which forms the first fourteen tracks here and is the much better more-than-half of the release, and 'Dark-Ism' would have been improved by opting for a greater number of shorter songs rather than these occasionally lengthy, dull affairs. 'D.A.R.K.' sees the band complete its transition to full-on hardcore punk, with vocals screamed against a fairly melodic backdrop, and there's an oddly mechanical atmosphere surrounding the whole thing, culminating in the electronically-tinged second part of 'Beyond Evil 308,' another of the band's occasionally indecipherable cross-album suites that would still go straight over my head even if I spoke Japanese.

      'Gyakusatsu-No-Mukougawa' is an old-school-sounding punk track which is quite fun, and at least a respite from all the aggression that can get a bit too much, and 'I Can't Stand It Anymore' at least includes some nice lead guitars, but on the whole this second album is the less satisfying of the two. By contrast, 'Came Out of the Grave' is as close as the band has come to recording a magnum opus; not particularly enthralling, but a decent enough punk album that provides solutions to many of the issues raised in the second album, which the band was for some reason unable to apply further down the timeline.

      1. The Grave - Dreizehn
      2. Zetsubou-No-Ano-Basyo-E
      3. Season of the Dead
      4. Inside My Eyes
      5. Shi-Wo-Yubi-Sasu
      6. The Pain is All Around
      7. Came Out of the Grave
      8. Beyond Evil 308
      9. Art of Dying
      10. The World Without End / The Pain is Not Around (Reprise)
      11. I'm Losing You
      12. Beware Of Darkness (2004 version)
      13. I Know
      14. Gimme Some Truth
      15. Beyond Evil 308, Pt. 1
      16. D.A.R.K.
      17. Blood Inside '68
      18. Beyond Evil 308, Pt. 2
      19. Gyakusatsu-No-Mukougawa
      20. XXXxxx
      21. I Can't Stand It Anymore
      22. Yami-No-Hikari-E

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Grave-Dreizehn
    2 Zetsubou-No-Ano-Basho-E
    3 Season of the Dead
    4 Inside My Eyes
    5 Shi-Wo-Yubi-Sasu
    6 Pain Is All Around
    7 Came Out of the Grave
    8 Beyond Evil 308
    9 Art of Dying
    10 World Without End - The Pain Is Not Around (Reprise)
    11 I'm Losing You
    12 Beware of Darkness [2004 Version]
    13 I Know
    14 Gimme Some Truth
    15 Beyond Evil 308, Pt .1
    16 D.A.R.K.
    17 Blood Inside '68
    18 Beyond Evil 308, Pt. 2
    19 Gyakusatsu-No-Mukougawa
    20 Xxxxxx
    21 I Can't Stand It Anymore
    22 Yami-No-Hikari-E

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 D.A.R.K. [DVD Video]
    2 Inside My Eyes [DVD Video]
    3 Season of the Dead [DVD Video]
    4 Märchen Aus Dem Horrorwald [DVD Video]
    5 Zetsubou-No-Ano-Basho-E [DVD Video][Live]
    6 End of the Century [DVD Video][Live]
    7 Violent Paradise [DVD Video][Live]
    8 Monster 1 [DVD Video][Live]
    9 Into the Light of the 13 Dark Night [DVD Video][Live]
    10 Eerie Night [DVD Audio]
    11 Taste of Blood [DVD Audio]
    12 Horrorwood [DVD Audio]
    13 Inside My Eyes [DVD Audio][#]
    14 Seasons of the Dead [DVD Audio][Version]