VLAD IN TEARS – Dead Stories of Forsaken Lovers
“Dead Stories of Forsaken Lovers” is not the most thrilling hard rock output in existence – just so that we are clear on that – but it is a potent and atmospheric piece of work that could totally work in a giant-sized stadium in front of a rapturous audience or simply when you are on your own and desire some memorable rock music with a tinge of sadness to it. This is one of those discs that I will be coming back to now and again. On a final note, the digipak version includes a number of acoustic bonus cuts (one of which is a cover rendition of Alice in Chain’s “Man in the Box”) and they are generally pretty decent and well-played but nothing overly fabulous or noteworthy as such. Still, only a sour asshole would complain about the inclusion of seven bonus tracks, so hats off to Vlad in Tears for including them and putting together a special edition of the record.
Highlights and standout tracks: “Heavy Rain”, “Every Day It’s Gonna Rain”, and the haunting “Sleep Lover Sleep”.