23:16 - Czerny Reiter I only have III in physical format and have listened to Sentinel and Gnosis. Didn't seem like it would warrant delving much further.
23:13 - 3rdWorld Yeah I agree on it. It is mostly a problem with his latest for me. His early 2 albums were really sweet.
23:08 - Czerny Reiter I appreciate what the guy aims to achieve, but it is way too meandering and the BM parts are not that engaging. Gorgeous ambiences do compensate somewhat, but the heavier sections are often jarring or plain uninspired.
23:01 - 3rdWorld Spectral Lore is awesome bm. Probably my favourite track from them. Highly recommended. [link]
01. Once 02. 1,000 People 03. Miss U 04. Christenings 05. This Killer 06. Epidemic 07. My Gift Of Silence 08. Some Day 09. Where Is My Love? 10. End Of The World
Sticking a "II" after your band name and releasing that as your follow up to your eponymous album doesn't show a great deal of creativity or invention. Don't be fooled though, as Blackfield is showcasing a lot of that through their music. You only need to know that Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame is behind most of the music. Israel-based Blackfield is a self-defined art pop rock combo specializing in atmospheric pop tunes and catchy soft melodic rock songs.
It isn't your average Metal fest but fans of Porcupine Tree and the likes will surely find something compelling about these songs especially if you already heard their debut. This brings us to comparisons between the two albums. First off, Steven Wilson seems to have taken more responsibilities within the band while his counterpart Aviv Geffen is still contributing enough to keep this a full-blown collaborative effort. Secondly, the more-pronounced inclusion of string instruments on some tracks makes them differently whole. Mostly, the seemingly effortless aptitude to create very catchy tunes remains the key element to Blackfield's music.
There is a certain melancholy to the whole arrangement of songs that can only grow on listeners through repeated listens. While their first album was maybe more rounded-up, this one has the better stand-out tracks. "Miss U" is their best ballad; "Epidemic" is their best atmospheric number; and in my opinion "My Gift of Silence" happens to be their best song. Blackfield II is a gem of atmospheric melodic rock perfect for peaceful evenings and rainy days. If you're looking for quality quiet music to chill out, this would be it.