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Sinamore - Seven Sins A Second (6/10) - Finland - 2007

Genre: Goth'n'Roll / Gothic Metal
Label: Napalm Records
Playing time: 43:40
Band homepage: Sinamore

Tracklist:

  1. Outro
  2. Better Alone
  3. Silence So Loud
  4. Dressed In White
  5. Frozen Mile
  6. The Burning Frame
  7. Everything Ends
  8. Unbreakable Calm
  9. Far From A Dream
  10. Eyes Of May
Sinamore - Seven Sins A Second

SINAMORE made a schockingly decent impact with their juvenile debut album in 2006 (after several demos had been issued under a different moniker), and now it seems like they´ve felt something´s abrewing between the black dressed, jewel wearing gothic mass.

 

Coming out of the blue, their sophomore effort titled “Seven Sins A Second” (someone´s busy sinning if you ask me) strikes me quickly as a sterile product of the typical Finnish sound of Gothic Metal. You´ve got your SENTENCED patented riff foundation based around hard rock catchiness and metallic depth, your equally catchy but melancholic melodic routines, varied tempo switches... and finally the sad singing voice, that offers a couple of harsher vocal stunts while declaring darkness as the sole friend.

 

There are lots of similarities between these guys and say CHARON, ENTWINE, H.I.M., POISONBLACK and the aforementioned northernmost killers, and that´s what makes them a little too safe sounding, unadventurous. The more uptempo tunes, like “The Burning Frame” or “Silence So Loud”, bring a new sorta “I don´t give a flying fuck” attitude that may seem out of place in this genre, but really only strengthens the dirty and rocking atmosphere.

 

There´s just too many songs that sound like a collage of the countless Finnish bands that play on the fragile strings of the soul, trust me this album doesn´t stir up anything remotely interesting, because of the very nature of their origin. New fans to the genre might find some good music here, people who´ve seen the changes the genre´s brought for the last ten years will find it to be... ok (hate that word when doing quality control on music). It´s neither bad or good, it´s...ok, one of the very few albums released by Napalm Records that doesn´t hold up.

 

Ok, so I enjoyed the faster songs for all their worth, but rest assured by the umpteenth mournful track I almost passed out of boredom.

(Online January 31, 2008)

Frodi Stenberg



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