Bart D. : Black Sites is introduced quite remarkably. This would be the band of a revered metal guitarist, vocalist and songwriter called Mark Sugar. Anyone who knows and reveres him: feel free to send us a message. Well, let's just say: bad promotional talk. But then they also cite him as having a creative breakthrough, leading to wanting to challenge himself with "clean singing and by writing well-crafted songs". Since when is a creative breakthrough needed to realize you don't want to produce poorly-crafted songs?
Well, let's go to the music. It's not bad: it's well-crafted... The sound is modern, the playing is quite tight. The riffs and grooves touch on a lot of rock and metal history. But there is no spark and no identity. And on top of that, the clean vocals of Mark Sugar -although the sound of his voice is nice to hear- are still a bit shaky. Which makes me wonder: why does Mascot, the label, release this record, but not Cosmosquad's latest?