Friday, November 20, 2020

Lab - "Where Heaven Ends" [2005]

Artist: Lab
Title: Where Heaven Ends
Genre: Alternative Rock
Country: Finland
Year: 2005

Track List:

  1. When Heaven Gets Dirty
  2. Danger
  3. Love Like Hell!
  4. Insane With Love
  5. Raining Dogs
  6. Who Is She?
  7. Goodness I'm A Goddess
  8. Torture For Two
  9. Did You Ever Hate Me?
  10. Where Heaven Ends

Now here's a Finnish band that doesn't even count as "love metal", and they're probably less heavy than The Rasmus. Yet they have appeared on a couple of gothic rock/metal compilations, and this album in particular is one of my "guilty pleasures". Led by the siblings Ana & Johannes Leppälä, Lab are mostly known for their song "Beat the Boys" from the FlatOut game OST, and maybe also for the song "Machine Girl" (unfortunately I couldn't find the version where Ana tries to speak Russian in the middle of the song, which sounded quite adorable):

"Where Heaven Ends" is their best (and unfortunately the last) full-length album. Of course it's definitely not "gothic rock/industrial" as it was described on some sites, but your typical female-fronted rock in the vein of The Cardigans. i also would compare them with No Doubt circa 2000, especially the album "Return of Saturn" (which was one of my alternative rock favourites during my teenage years).

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