Title: Die Ballade von der Blutigen Rose
Genre: Gothic Rock
Release Date: 13th January 2017
SPIELBANN’s ‘Die Ballade von der Blutigen Rose’ (The Ballad of the Bloody Rose), continues the path set with their previous release, ‘In Gedenken’ (In Memoriam). Just like its predecessor, their fourth and final album has Asp Spreng written all over it: over two thirds of the tracks were once again written or co-written by the ASP mastermind, and he can be heard on three of them. While SPIELBANN’s sound matured, they can’t shake off that massive influence - and why would they? Their collaboration produced an album that caters to their established fan base and is worth listening to. Songs standing out are the title track ‘Die Ballade von der Blutigen Rose’, ‘Heiße Asche‘ and ‘Der volle Mond steht überm Wald‘. The last two also come in additional orchestral and acoustic versions on the limited edition of the album, one with Asp himself singing one more time.
Conclusion: ‘Die Ballade von der Blutigen Rose’ is a decent Gothic Rock album; fans of Asp Spreng or acoustic arrangements should try to get hold of the limited edition.
Rating: 7 / 10