Label: To/Die/For Clan - TDFCD001 • Format: CD Album • Country: Finland • Genre: Rock • Style: Goth Rock
Samsara is my first experience with the Finnish band To Die For. It's likely because the haven't released any new material sinceabout Number One - Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape time Dangerdog started, and then disband shortly after. Samsara, a sanskrit term meaning the repeating cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth, is a fitting title for the album. To Die For has been reborn as a cadre of original, past and new members.
To Die Inspid 2000 - In Flames - Colony : looking totally bummed. If you look most anywhere, from Wikipedia to Massacre's promo sheet, TDF is often referred to as a gothic metal band. The whole 'gothic' thing has Kissing The Flames - To/Die/For - Samsara been a bit slippery for me.
Certainly there's a dark, more melancholy, side to their music. Death Comes in March and Loves a Sickness could qualify. But there's much here that sounds like good old melodic heavy metal. Yes, perhaps a bit more haunting in Kissing The Flames - To/Die/For - Samsarabut melodic metal nonetheless. That last song, Cry For Love, could easily pass for a rocker, a radio-friendly one at that. Then there's some strange tunes here. The is light and haunting, yet seems directionless. The latter probably strikes closer to the gothic metal of the mid-Nineties, yet feels like there's a traditional heavy metal monster clawing to get out at the end.
Nevertheless, Samsara finds the reborn To Die Far digging deep to find the spark and music that gave them early success. I think longtime fans will dig this album. Addendum : this album was complete DIY project, from recording to release inthe band did the work. Samsara finds the reborn To Die Far digging deep to find the spark and music that gave them early success. Formed a mere three years ago by vocalist Mike Stark and rhythm guitarist Tommi Korkeamaki, the duo began methodically recruiting like-minded metal enthusiasts to create Stormburner.
Fly Away (Instrumental) - Azad, Kool Savas & Francisco - Fly Away / Immer Wenn Es Regnet, Make It Funky (ft. Bootsy Collins) - Zapp - Evolution, Canned Heat (Futureshock Remix) - Jamiroquai - King For A Day, Purple Rain - Various - Rene Ablaze Pres. Spring Sessions 2011