Sounds like Sentenced but with more feeling
To the average metal fan, upon first listening to Poisonblack's debut album entitled Escapexstacy, you'd be forgiven for thinking you had inserted a CD by Sentenced into your CD player. The opening track The Glow Of The Flames could very easily have come from their 2002 album The Cold White Light. It's not surprising either given that Sentenced vocalist Ville Laihiala swaps his mic for a guitar in Poisonblack.
Formed in 2000 as Shadowlands by Laihiala, he recruited two close friends in J.P. Leppaluoto (Charon) on vocals and Janne Kukkonen on bass, and utilised session musicians for the drums and keyboards. This album for the most part is very Sentenced sounding, but at the same time, it's not. Obviously there will be that influence and it is definitely there. It's not quite as aggressive musically however, and if anything, the moods of Marble Arch's Another Sunday Bright is another album that this one draws some parallels to. Throw in a significant amount of keyboards, and this album takes on an identity of it's own.
There isn't a low point on this album. Lyrically dealing with life's rollercoaster ride of emotions and feelings, each song offers something different. It's not Sentenced, or Sentenced mark two. What is presented here is strong enough to stand on it's own two feet and that is exactly what it does from start to finish.