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Oh gosh, you got to be kidding me! Not another one of these Swedish melodic black metal outfits with black growls and angelic vocals. This certainly is nothing new, and yes this is boring! You see, a band can be a copy-cat of another group, but when everything is monotonous (literally everything,) then there is something wrong with your music.
The black vocals sounds consistant throughout every song, not to mention the angelic vocals are the same also! The angelic vocals sound very terrible also; it get's real irritaiting to hear the lady on this album sing when she sounds like one of those little girls back in elementary school that had to do an assembly singing choir for all her classmates (remember those elementary school days anyone when you had to get with your grade and do stupid singing for your school?) Both vocalists sound like they're not giving it their all on their performance. The male vocalist on the other hand seems to be trying hard to get that "black" quality in his voice, making it seem like he's struggling with the range of his voice (in which he has none anyway!) All the instruments sound dim also - guitars are low and weak, I can hardly hear a bass (either that or it's just weak) and the drumming I must say is not bad.
There are too many fillers on this CD, most of these songs are just not great! The songs could be good if there wasn't so much monotonous qualities in all the members performance, but that's not the case here. Some good cuts though are such tracks as "Plague Be Thy Angel," where the repetiveness of the vocals and everything else is tolerable. Maybe that's because this is the first musical track on the album, but then again I can be wrong. The next track "Destination Supremacy" isn't so bad either, just in this track is the introduction of the 7 year old singer (*ahem*... the female vocalist), making the chorus part sounding very "gothic" like. Her voice gives the album a very gothic feel, so up to this point, I knew I wouldn't like anything else on the album. One more noteable track is "Father Of All Lies," but up to that, everything else seems just played out and the female's voice just pierces my ears! "Jawbreaker," a Judas Priest cover, is very ironic to find on this album, and it's quite interesting seeing a melodic black metal group playing such a cover, so this track is worth mentioning also.
I'm not a fan of this "female vocal" oriented music, nor am I a fan of monotonus sounding music so this is definitely not for my liking. Ha, neither are groups like this are for my tasting; they're very played out with their vampirism and anti-religion lyrics, and there's need to be something new in these black metal groups other than "the unholy spirit come to us" and all that "grime" stuff. This group is a mere replica of a mix between Cradle Of Filth and Dark Funeral, so please do yourself a favor and spare yourself from hearing this and go buy yourself COF or Dark Funeral (or you can just not do anything because none of the above groups are that great either...)
Nothing really stands out in this album in plain english if you were wondering what I'm trying to say.
Ear Catchers: Plague Be Thy Angel, Father Of All Lies, Jawbreaker.
I knew it was a good sign – at least when it comes to what sounds good to my ears – when a friend of mine, who, by the way, is a keyboardist, chose, among his favorite bands, the Swedish quintet Siebenburgen. In the midst of his 30GB of MP3, many of the folders contain bands hated by the “true” ones and loved by people who, like me, do not think it is gay to experiment inside the metal milieu. I mean, it’s not like one or two keyboard lines represent a band as being almost avant-garde, but it seems that, for some people, any sophistication is actually selling yourself out to the “system”.
Moving on from the teenage angst speech, I didn’t even hesitate buying Siebenburgen’s debut album, Loreia. When I had the opportunity to buy it, I went right on and bought it fearless. I imagined it as a peaceful, enjoyable session of ear candy. Female vocals, keys, piano…black metallic lightness, if you allow me to put it in that way.
However, deception, thy name is Loreia. After some tracks, I couldn’t help but regretting every minute I had lost in my life listening to that…music. Thought it was all too rough, ugly, bad recorded. My heart is an artist; therefore, what he likes has got to be beautiful. Which doesn’t mean there’s got to be shallowness involved either. But my task here is insignificant, almost…shallow.
Despite everything “Loreia” gave me, I did survive the trauma. I knew that in the moment I caught myself with the band’s latest work – “Plagued be Thy Angel” – in hands. I took a glance at it and liked its appearance little by little. Nevertheless, I can not deny that, even having it so close, I vacillated. A lot. Of course, I asked myself why I even looked at it, once the Loreia episode had actually happened. But one day, curiosity had me as their bitch and I surrendered.
The first track off this CD, “Exordium”, was a piece of exactly I was expecting. Something…beautiful and sophisticated. “You must show me heaven”, she said. And I guess the band really did show her heaven.
What is more interesting about Siebenburgen is that they never, ever, exceed themselves and their music. The keyboards, for example, are subtle. The guitar solos aren’t even close to their Swedish fellow countryman, Malmsteen (thanks, Siebenburgen). The female vocals are only occasional and also the only ones clean.
It’s clear that the CD production is impeccable, and the band is humble. They sound incredibly united. That is, undoubtedly, the band’s greatest quality.
Siebenburgen, however, is not a special band. They aren’t the kind of band you’re always dying to listen to, and they will not make a difference. All the clichés are there, but very well executed. Would I buy the CD again? Yes, I would! For the pleasure it gave me. Talking about cliché, Siebenburgen is the kind of band you listen to in the car and don’t bother. You don’t think that or that song is crap, but you end up forgetting the CD even ended. So, if you’re up to some nicely played and written music, Siebenburgen is definitely for you. If you’re looking for something special…just forget it.