First off i wanna let you know that i am a bit disappointed in “The Thousandfold Epicentre”, it’s not everything i expected from the album. When i first hear The Devil’s Blood i was taken away by the great melodies in records like “Come Reap” and the first fullenght “The Time Of No Time Evermore”, and it’s just those great melodies that i think this second fullenght are missing out on. There are very few songs on the album that sticks with me after i finished listen to it.
Maybe it is that this album is a bit more complex and not as catchy as the previous releases but i have been listening to this album now since it was released and there are not many songs of this album that i remember after the record have ended. There is no “Christ or cocaine”, no “I’ll be your ghost” to name a few. Now this record is by no means a bad album, it’s just that i expected more from this, but still it’s better than most stuff released in 2011, but i doubt i would put it in my top-10 of the year. Maybe it will grow with time.
The record kicks off like the The Devil’s Blood that we know and love with the song “On the wings of gloria” wich is one of the better songs of the record, and continues with the phenomenal “Die the death”, and after that we get the sleepingpill “Within the charnel house of love” and so it goes, it’s very varied quality of the songs on this album. The first single of the album “Fire burning” is pretty good but far from the best on the album.
The album comes packed in a very nice gatefoldcover with gold print on the front cover, and all previously The Devil’s Blood records have also been re-released on vinyl with gold print on front cover, very nice. A huge booklet with prints and lyrics, and the album is on double vinyl offcourse. Overall i think that Van Records do release very nice packed vinyls.
Side A: Unending singularity, On the wings of gloria, Die the death, Within the charnel house of love
Side B: Cruel lover, She, The thousandfold epicentre, Fire burning
Side C: Everlasting saturnalia, The madness of serpents
Side D: Feverdance