BLACK HEARTS AND JADED SPADES
JOHN L. KOWAL | QUEENS, NY, USA | 06/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I think of the title, it sounds like prestigeous people at the top of the world who enslave the masses for their own luxury and then throw them away when they are useless.Getting back to the music, it is alot more melodic than previous efforts and a bit glam in some parts, but overall, I liked this disc alot. This album defintely put them in a new direction from their previous efforts - it showed that they were shedding that BRITISH sound. Their first two releases were more truely in the spirit of NWOBHM/IRON MAIDEN. "PLAYROOM OF POISON DREAMS" to this day still gives me goosebumps and is worth the price of this disc alone - a very dark, brooding and evil atmospheric song that I will never forget. The title track and "MONKEY's BLOOD" are also very powerful heavy tracks that make this album worthwhile. Other tracks I like alot are: DIRTY FACED ANGELS, MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT, ALWAYS, DANCING IN BLUE MOONLIGHT (very melodic and somber - put on some blue light when listening to this in a dark room).Overall, a good album."