Tearstained FinlandCountry Of Origin: Finland
Charon - Tearstained

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4 Reasons Rush
Christina Bleeds
Deepest Scar
The Drift
Your Christ
As We Die
The Stone

Release Date: 2000
Label: Diehard Music
Categories: Gothic, Rock

MetalBite Review by Krys on 3/10/2001
What can I say? The Finns have new mushrooms in their woods. Itís almost unbelievable how many good bands have come into being over the last few years from this country. Iím not even going to start naming them, if you donít know what Iím talking about I just feel sorry for you. Really!!!

Charonís second full-length release, "Tearstained", marks a huge step in the amazing development of this young band. Although their music seems to be heavily influenced by bands like Sentenced and Amorphis, these guys incorporate those moments in such a fine style that if you like said bands then Charon might become your favorite one. Donít think that this is just another copy of Sentenced, itís not.

First of all Juha-Pekka Leppaluoto has an amazing naturally deep voice, which sets the tone for the music on this album. He doesnít try to growl or scream, itís just a clean (if you havenít guessed it already) gentle voice. For a great example of his skills, listen to "4 Seasons Rush", it will take you out of your shoes.

The rest of the band doesnít just stay behind and play their notes either. All instruments are in perfect harmony with each other and I have this feeling that adding one note would cause the song structure fall apart. The whole album sound is so warm to the ear that after this melancholy journey I felt like I was in the safest place on earth.

Believe me, there are no bad songs on this release, only good ones and killers, let me just present the list of killers: "Worthless", "Sorrowbringer", "4 Seasons Rush", "Holy", "Your Christ" and "As We Die".

Bottom Line: If you donít want to walk down the street singing, donít buy it. This music stays in the head for days!!!

Rating: 9 out of 10