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Eternally

by By Blood Alone

Gothic Hard Rock with haunting, soaring female vocals, heavy guitars, moody keys and prog-leaning arrangements.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Gothic Metal
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1. Every Night
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2. Eternally
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3. Darkman
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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On their debut release Eternally, Portland Maine's By Blood Alone bring forth heavy goth-rock for a diverse set of moods, blending haunting female vocals, classic horror movie keyboards and prog-tinged power metal guitar riffs. While definitely dark, they step forward without adhering to genre cliches of depression, darkness and decay. It Magazine's Matt Morris said of By Blood Alone: "It's about the romanticism and drama of tragedy. By Blood Alone comes through as the small orchestra in the pit of a contemporary theater tragedy."

Eternally was recorded in the winter of 2005 and released that same summer. The music press in New England has been quite vocal in their praise of this new band's first CD, yet with a diverse set of analogies. The Portland Phoenix wrote "The product as a whole might remind you of what the B-52s would sound like if they penned an album right after all their dogs died in a freak electrical storm", while others compare the band to November's Doom and Draconian. Vocalist Cruella spins a lyrical web ranging from manipulative offers of love and camaraderie to frantic flight from famished zombies, accompanied by music that travels a diverse landscape of emotional ground within it's metallic grind.


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Susan

Gothic Romantism at it's finest!!
Looking for something a little bit different? By Blood Alone's debut CD "Eternally" is a must for any fan of Goth Rock/Metal. This CD takes the listener on a surprisingly peaceful journey while conjuring up visions of being in an old time movie theater, watching a silent black & white B grade horror film, with an organist on hand to provide the atmosphere. At least, to this listener anyway. While taking a cue from popular Euro-Metal groups, they add a heavy dose of synthesizer to the mix. Nothing about the production is overwhelming or jarring, nothing forced. But a pleasant transition from each song to the next. Lead Singer, Cruella's vocals are never too harsh, no screaming or screeching, just effortlessly smooth and inviting, she weaves a spell over you and you can't but help to follow her on her journey. A silent observer to her pain and anguish, as she battles unknown terrors of the night, waits in agony for her tormented lover who has enslaved her. Good stuff! This an excellent cd to put in your clock cd player and drift off to sleep to and awaken to the next morning, like I do! Let's have a quick breakdown of the songs:

1. Everynight - great opener, heavy dose of synthesizers (but not to much!) Really sets the mood, a nice happy song about our hero's running from horrors of the night who wish to "tear their flesh". Super good!

2. Eternally - I love this song! Ominous pounding drums at the beginning set a darker but beautiful tone. An exquisit love song for all eternity! How romantic!

3. Darkman - Ahhhh young love...when love & hate go hand in hand. This is the best song on the cd. It has the darkest tone of the set. Beautiful piano pieces, wicked guitar solo's, and those ominous drums again.

4. Deny Yourself - Ends the 4 song set on a positive upbeat note. Time has passed, our heroine has freed herself from her tormentors and now is trying to help a fellow sufferer. Who is not taking her advice, naturally. And the cycle starts all over again. Falling into deep despair and pain all over again with song 1.

While only a 4 song cd. It's enough of a taste to want to hear more from this new group on the scene. I think they will be around for a very long time.

A MUST for your CD collection!! But it Now! You won't be disapointed!

Enigmatic Entertainment

Great for fans of Gothic Metal
The four songs all draw upon the melodramatic trappings of the Gothic Metal wave but fortunately hark back to the likes of The Gathering and early Lacuna Coil than the sanitized-for-MTV's-protection Evanescence.

The difference-maker in By Blood Alone is vocalist Cruella, whose enchanting style, simultaneously powerful yet delicate, allows the band behind her to reach their potential.

Best track is album closer, "Deny Yourself," which sounds like Uriah Heep if Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie joined in. Okay, maybe not, but that organ is a nice touch!

jansen

By Blood Alone-Eternally. Track by track rundown.
EP opens with 'Every Night', sounding reminiscent of the DC punk-metal band Press Mob. I was really surprised by the sound, 1950s amusement park keyboards and great vocals with guitar surprisingly low in the mix, yet it rocked in this leisurly way. No pretenses. I know immedietly I need to see this band live.
'Eternally' is a pretty little evil song, and this is where it came to me. Trip Hop. There are no dance beats but it has the same feel of a Massive Attack record.
'Darkman' contains the single greatest moment on the EP-Cruella's pause before she says the word "core". Sends shivers down my spine.
'Deny Yourself' closes out the EP, and kind of makes me think of late-period Bauhaus. I'm really looking forward to hearing more from this band.

The Mad Ones--Fanzine

Prog-Goth B movie soundtrack
The packaging of this disc elevated it to the top of my stack. There's nothing more alluring than a naked goth-chick in a graveyard. Thus, I was hoping to be completely blown out of my chair when I put on By Blood Alone's new release: 'Eternally.' While the songs did not exactly jar me from the meager wheels of the cushioned apparatus I plant my ass on daily --I found them enticing and somewhat magical to a degree; in that--I couldn't quite put my finger on what I liked about them. It was like looking at someone who is intriguing--almost beautiful, but not in an ordinary sense. And regarding the plethora of nu-metalcore noise that daily pollutes the ozone of my cubicle, Eternally is a fresh breath, albeit not a deep one. Read on, weary listener.

'Every Night' is as well crafted a goth-metal anthem as I've heard in a long time. It wields deep cutting vocal hooks that are hard to shake. I expected the guitars to come out roaring--what I got was a heavy dose of church organ keyboards--and thus began the rather odd love affair I've had with this disc. It wasn't something I immediately liked--though the part is tasteful enough. Maybe somebody accidently elbowed the fader during the mix, I don't know.

'Eternally' is almost pretty. I hate that. But then again--I couldn't skip the song because the vocals had me entranced, and lyrically it was a gem. BBA's singer, dubbed 'Cruella' is certainly no stranger to graveyards, horror flicks, or (most importantly) the black magic power of seduction via her vocals. She sells her soul on this collection, no question.

With it's droning guitars and off beat rhythm, 'Darkman' has all the impending doom of early Black Sabbath. Though I was admittedly hoping for it to launch into a warlord beat of pillage and plunder. It did not. Yet again, this disc disappointed me--or was it that it had become unpredictable? Hmm...

The disc wraps up with an oddly arranged 6 minute epic that was hard for me to get my ears around even with the galloping guitars and funeral dirge keys I had now come to embrace warmly in a death metal grip of denial. Truth is 'Deny Yourself' sums up this entire disc--you just have to let it be what it is--the phantom in the graveyard slowly takes shape; be patient.

I do know what this disc isn't--cliched, traditional, or overtly in your face. There are no bells and whistles to be heard production-wise. It's stripped as naked as the chick between the tombstones. Though there might actually be more because there's less, and I rarely subscribe to that theory.

'Eternally' may or may not appeal to the goth metal crowd. It might be one disc you secretly love but don't tell your friends you like.

Logan

Fear and loathing in good measure
First of all, "Every Night" and "Deny Yourself" make perfect bookends for this disk. The former track is a catchy tune that invades your brain like the zombies it talks about...reminds me of "Shaun of the Dead".
"Darkman" has the brooding nature of it's main character. I love the fact that you hang on the edge of your seat anticipating the next snare hit and the odd twisting of the guitar rhythm. It shows depth and that's something that is rare in bands of this genre. All too often you get the plodding doom and gloom without the true musical exploration. BY BLOOD ALONE have shown a different side of the coin. This CD is a step in the right direction. Although I personally found the keyboards to be a bit distracting sometimes (maybe a cello would fit) songs like the title track and my personal fave "Evey Night" demonstrate that this band has more to offer than your average dose of fear and loathing. It's all in good measure.

Cacodaemon


Eternally is definately not a typical goth rock or goth-metal release. The song structures and general feel generally make me think of classic rock or pop in some ways...fairly accessible and traditional without being boring or predictable. Cruella's vocals are confident, soulful and strong as opposed to the typical ethereal vocals you might expect from a modern female fronted "goth" band. By Blood Alone definately has a kitschy aspect that makes me think of Voltaire or Roman Dirge comics. All of the songs are cohesive and strong in their own right, but the chorus from the galloping power-metalish "Every Night" sticks in my head the most. The only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is that the guitar sound and production could be slightly stronger.

Charlie Gaylord-WCLZ-FM Portland ME

Excellent CD!
I have been playing the title cut on my radio show and it has gotten an excellent response. Very well produced CD!