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This year has been a year where we have seen a lot of surprise albums be released that nobody saw coming. Yes, we did see the promotions for the album but nobody expected to take a listen to it and then get blown off your feet by just how good it was. Well be prepared because it is about to happen to you once again – this time from Swedish goth rockers Then Comes Silence.

There is no other way to say it – there brand new album, their fourth, Blood is an absolute gem. From opening track ‘The Dead Cry For No One’ the near electronic sound of Then Comes Silence grabs you by the throat and demands that you listen. Their sound is unique while the catchiness of the vocals has you absolutely entranced. ‘Flashing Pangs Of Love’ quickly shows you the band’s Joy Division sound, as does ‘Strange Kicks’ which is one of the catchiest songs that you are likely to hear this year.. and it has you falling in love with Then Comes Silence in an instant.

The darker sound of ‘My Bones’ sees the band’s rock influences shine through while the warped percussion and brilliant vocals from Alexander Svenson sees ‘In Leash’ reveal and even darker element. The album then slow down with ‘Choose Your Poison’ a track which has acoustic elements that don’t sound too dissimilar to Filter. The amazing dark rock sounds of ‘Good Friday’ again conjures up the old Joy Division while smoother songs like ‘The Rest Will Follow’ and ‘Magnetic’ are just pure bliss to listen to.

‘Warm Like Blood’ sees a slower and darker side to Then Comes Silence and then the chorus reveals a real rock sound that makes this band even more endearing, the album then closes with the interesting sounding ‘Mercury’ which again sees some experimental percussion from Jonas Fransson.

As an album Blood shows that the goth rock/post-punk sound is far from dead. This is an album with no weak tracks and is something that showcases the talent of Then Comes Silence to the world. One to check out if you like things on the darker side.

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