The term “super group” is thrown around a bit too often for my taste. When members of nearly unknown band X get together with members of nearly unknown band Y, labels seem to have a field day throwing around the “super group” tag. But you know what, it takes more than that to be a “super group”. And my friends, BEAUTIFUL SIN has what it takes.
Made up of some of the scene’s most respected musicians, Uli Kusch and Axel Mackenrott of MASTERPLAN and Jorn Viggo Lofstad and Steiner Krokmo of PAGAN’S MIND, BEAUTIFUL SIN had to be outstanding. And the band does not disappoint on its debut album, “The Unexpected”. The only unknown of the group is Belgian vocalist Magali Luyten. And you might expect her to be the weak link, but oh how wrong you would be.
“The Unexpected” is chock full of heavy Melodic Metal tunes that will please MASTERPLAN fans to no end. A single listen will leave no doubt that this album was composed and played by seasoned veterans, as nearly everything feels right in place. But the centerpiece of “The Unexpected” is the vocals of Luyten. Her vocals are nothing like most of the female vocalists in Metal today, as you won’t find any operatic wailing or gothic crooning here. Instead, Luyten is firmly in the old school in the same vein as Doro Pesch, only, dare I say, better. Her voice is powerful with great command and just a touch of sultry rasp.
BEAUTIFUL SIN is pretty much everything I hoped it would be: very strong, heavy Melodic Metal. I only hope that this isn’t a one-time project. And now that MASTERPLAN is without a vocalist, maybe Luyten will have another job. Who knows? But for now, BEAUTIFUL SIN is one “super group” worth your time and money, so go out and pick up “The Unexpected” right away. (Online July 27, 2006)