Review by JD on February 9, 2012.
I love ceratin aspects of Prog Metal. And then there are others I totally despise. I love the intense need of having pure talent and hate that sometimes it is so boring and over complicated that I end up deciding that watching my arm hairs grow would be a better option than to listen to the Prog band I happen to be listening to. That is just how it is for me.
Finland’s Sinfully Yours is a four member Dark Prog Metal band, which plays a style of music that is melancholy with rich lyrics and heavy riffs that have this almost orchestral sort of feel shooting through the album. It seems to move and pulse along with almost a life like animation that is very pleasing to the ear that still satisfies the most picky metalhead with its heavy guitars.
Each of the three tracks on the album is a lyrical masterpiece, and so musically sound, yet the vocals of Benjamin Varonen stop the good vibes cold. Remarkable musicianship needs a great set of lungs to make it all come together. The uninspired, underpowered and very mediocre singing of Mr. Varonen kills the mood and knocks Sinfully Yours down for the count. With thin tonality and a inability to have any range whatsoever, the album falters and sinks into a darkening pit.
Getting a new singer with some balls and making sure there is a bigger budget for better production will make Sinfully Yours a band to watch if they decide to do so. As it stands right now, listen to them for the amazing and fresh music and ignore the whine of the ‘muppet’ on vocals. It is sad that it is all ruined by one part of the machine that does not belong in it - but like all machinery, it can be improved and maximised for optimal usage. God, I hope they do just that.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Atmosphere: 5 (vocals kill this rating)
Rating: 6.9 out of 10