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Termination Bliss was the 2nd album by Swedish Industrial metal band Deathstars. It was released in early 2006. These guys had pedigree in death metal circles, so it was an interesting change to start playing in the more commercial industrial metal circles. The latest album Night Electric Night was ridiculously poppy but Termination Bliss is a class or two above it, incorporating nice melodies and still a pleasant mixture of electronic music and metal, plus deep vocals in a Sisters of Mercy style.
There's a hint of Rammstein in their track "blitzkrieg", the swings in moods and styles is superb and makes this album ideal for fans of bands like Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and Rammstein. Personally, I'm not a big fan of Industrial Metal, so couldn't listen to this too much but did enjoy listening to it once or twice.
I do feel that this might be the band's peak though as they seem to be heading for the doldrums of pop more and more. The band's novelty nicknames, trashy and dramatic videos and dodgy haircuts shouldn't make you baulk at the band without a listen, it's hard to say which songs are best - it seems an all round reasonably solid album with none particularly standing out or letting it down. Lyrically, it's not amazing and this is the one thing which makes the songs sound a little similar.
1. "Tongues" - 3:45
2. "Blitzkrieg" - 4:04
3. "Motherzone" - 4:06
4. "Cyanide" - 3:55
5. "The Greatest Fight on Earth" - 3:53
6. "Play God" - 4:09
7. "Trinity Fields" - 4:22
8. "The Last Ammunition" - 4:07
9. "Virtue to Vice" - 3:42
10. "Death in Vogue" - 4:15
11. "Termination Bliss" - 3:43
12. "Termination Bliss (Piano Remix)" - 3:12
13. "Blitzkrieg (Driven on Remix)" - 5:19
Following on from their first album "synthetic generation" Deathstars continue with another superb album. Not quite as heavy grinding as Rammstein or as fast paced as some of Ministrys tracks- but nestled nicely inbetween! with a blend of synth and heavy guitars they have a good sound with neither instrument overpowering the other. The lead singer "whiplasher" voice might get on a few people's nerves though- he can be quite monotonous sounding! it's not that big a problem to me, it's just he doesn't do the high pitched screaming or voice box/ synth effect that a few bands do, at least you can understand what he's saying. My favourite track would be "cyanide" a quite fast paced track which is very catchy followed by the more mellow "greatest fight on earth" . One thing also to note is that on first glances you would think "oh no a bunch of marilyn manson wannabes"- don't!they have their own style and these guys are far from wannabes and have carved a very wide fanbase for themselves. On a final note i don't see their new album " Night electric night" on here at all- another superb cd and worth every penny, especially the cd/dvd combo. If you haven't checked this band out yet i highly recommend them- superb.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Blitzkrieg boom
5 The greatest fight on earth
6 Play God
7 Trinity fields
8 The last ammunition
9 Virtue to vice
10 Death in vogue
11 Termination bliss
12 Termination bliss (Piano Remix)
13 Blitzkrieg driven on (Remix)