Blax – Meravilia
BLAX – ‘’Meravilia” (October 2022, AlphaOmega)
- Rules of Meravilia
- Our Brain Conditions
- Shady Life
- Raining Words
- Poker’s Room
- The Queen of My Heroine
- Eva’s Eden
- My White Widow
- Party of Little Giants
Just three years ago the Blax were formed, and two years later they released their official full-length work consisted of 10 songs, “Meravilia”.
One can easily suspect the genre the Blax represent just by looking the album’s cover. Even before the album starts playing, it is fairly obvious that we are talking about an album heavily inspired by the gothic culture of sound. Τhe “Meravilia” is fairly straightforward sounding work. The gothic ideas form the basis and the foundation unto which the Blax develop and build an album that makes the gothic blackness fun and exciting.
The album begins with the song “Rules of Meravilia”, a track with cabaret-like musical ideas in the intro that soon reveals itself and gives a taste of the band’s sound and musical orientation. The gothic influences meet a hard rock inspired sound, creating an exciting blend that introduces the band and their sound fittingly.
One other song that really made an impression on me was the third track of the album, “Shady Life”. Here, the Blax present a gothic rock song that manages to be uplifting without sacrificing anything from its black roots. Defined by distinct melodic lines and the established, by now, hard rock background, the “Shady Life” reminded of bands like The 69 Eyes. Now, just right after the “Shady Life”, comes the song “Raining Words”, that I can only describe it as the Sisters of Mercy but with the signature hard rock twist of Blax. With a punchy and upfront bassline, the Blax go on and write their “Lucretia My Reflection” kind of song that without a doubt is one of the best in the album.
Still, the “Meravilia” hides and includes other influences, as well. While it remains within the hard rock sound, the Blax enrich their sound and ideas further with industrial ideas that make the sound a notch heavier and with synthwave influences that find perfect fitting in the riffs and the overall atmosphere that the songs produce.
In their debut, Blax introduce a sound fresh and surprisingly vibrant considering the genre they represent. It is inspired work that not only can be characterized as a confident first step in the scene, but I am confident that the Blax we’ll prove to be a very promising band.
Review by Mr Athens 79