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This release disappointed me. Red Silk Vow was an amazing goth/rock album - every track was powerful, dark and full of promise. The EP Nightmares For The Banished was equally as good. The band became more theatrical for the next album (Halloween Sex and Vegas), developing a goth 'n' roll sound, using samples and more tongue in cheek lyrics similar to the style of The Damned.
Black Heart Revival is very much in the same vein as Halloween Sex and Vegas, but isn't nearly as much fun. Edward's unmistakeable vocals are the same as ever, but they sound awkward and angular at the faster pace the band have adopted. Most of the tunes on this album seem to either just coast along or become annoying.
The opener, Kiss The Dead, and Devil's Point are high points, which give hope for the album. Buried and Anna are reminiscent of the earlier days, though perhaps not as dark. Rebel Dirty Rebel and Goddam sinner are faster paced, and I imagine could be good in a live setting.
On the whole I had hoped for more from this album. Although I like the concept of a theatrical goth rock 'n' roll band, in my opinion Seraphim Shock were better suited to dark, gothic moodscapes.