MetalBite Review by Denis on 11/30/2002
When I first listened to "Lover of Sin"
, words like: thrilling, exciting, electrifying came to my mind. Then, as I continued on, feelings of similarities to early eighties movements like punk, new wave followed. Why is that you're asking? Well, simply because this great recording breathes some kind of high energy, exuberance, arrogance, non respect of set formulas and patterns and generally speaking, the mood takes this right in your face, since this is who we are and what we do best. The other thought that crossed my musical neurons was Geddi Lee from the band Rush
because Maitri has a voice somewhat similar to this singer specially when using the higher tone and to be real frank with you, I think it suits her better than him! I, for one, am not really keen of male singer with high pitch vocals. Besides, another interesting point to mention is that she is also the bass player. She's a relatively new member of this band and as far as I'm concerned, even if I didn't had a chance to listen to their earlier work, I think her voice and style matches perfectly to their style and I can hardly figure another singer doing a better job.
Let's have a look at what is behind this strange looking beauty on the cover. "Lover of Sin"
is building up by a couple of heavy kickers for a starting point. Then, on ‘Stone Cold’
, you have a violin and acoustic guitar for intro, but when it starts, better hang on because the modes go from Doom to Progressive, then Avant-garde on this exciting piece with great female vocals. The next offer is what I would call a smashing punk arrogance thus quite an electrifying experience for all to enjoy. Big fat bass lines on an overall progressive composition await to throw you off right after on ‘Darkness Walks With Me’
. As you can see, fun and variety is the password here but wait that’s not all! If you like slow Doom numbers, then you'll love ‘No Shame’
because very doom it is and the percussions are pounding while the vocal lines are full of cool effects. Don't miss that one! It'll introduce the upcoming doom jewel and even if it's speed is much faster, still the riffs are excellent, the drumming is awesome and the vocals are chilling and go as far as screams for your pleasure. The keyboard parts had some cool notes too. These magicians kept the best for dessert and I won't make you wait one minute to find out why. ‘Where the Dead Sleep’
, comes with once again some great doom guitar riffs, disturbing slower passages, spooky and strange musical phrases with spoken words and to top it all off, a thrilling musical interlude. This brings us to the before last song called ‘Eulogy Cathedral’
that begins with a violin and quite spooky intro turning very doom after, involving strong drum parts but without warning here comes something very symphonic and grandiose, even epic specially with the spoken words accompanying us on a wonderful piece with an Avant-garde flavor. The end, what's the end? Looking for a happy ending? Forget it! With a title like ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’
what you are getting is one of the most fantastic duo of bass and guitar riffs for a slow intro; very very heavy and doom. This killer will gradually pick up in its tempo until it reaches a peak of total frenzy before calming down to ends in such a beautiful way.
Bottom Line: Lover of Sin
is fun to listen. The songs are still catchy but not at all commercial and demonstrate quite a good mixture that these magicians took from their bag of tricks for our greatest pleasure.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10