Gosh, has it been six years already? This CD was a pleasant surprise for me back when it was released, one of those discs you just had to check out because of shiny reviews and euphoric praises in the media. In my early days the media was a powerful tool that had me under strict control, I’ve made mistakes in getting crappy CD’s (which I’ve disposed of a.s.a.p.) but I’m glad I put my money on SINERGY and their debut album.
Though the band apparently is on a long term hiatus these days (would someone please get the website back into shape?), struggling to get the right individuals to continue along their Metal path, their career started out as a super group kinda thing consisting of Kimberly Goss (ex DIMMU BORGIR, ex ANCIENT and ex THERION) on vocals, Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES) and Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM) on guitars (does it get better… no it didn’t), Sharlee D’Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY and loads more) on the bass and Ronny Milianowicz (DIONYSUS) on the drums. Unfortunately Alexi and Kimberly are the only original members left in the bands current line-up.
On “Beware The Heavens” SINERGY played a very wonderful form of Modern Power Metal with some keyboards but always tried to keep variety as their main trademark. There were many Power Metal bands coming out around that time thanks to “Glory To The Brave” by HAMMERFALL, I think the band was definitely on the right path with this album, they had much to offer other than just Power Metal.
The album starts off brilliantly with “Venomous Vixen’s”, a real in your face rocker with brilliant guitar work, many tempo changes and Laiho’s acclaimed soloing. “The Fourth World” is very intense and atmospheric, my favourite song together with the electric “Swarmed”. Kimberly sounds great, she has a relaxed voice but can also sound like a hard ass bitch when needed. Also included are two instrumentals; “Born Unto Fire And Passion” is a short theme composed by acoustic guitars and violins while “Pulsation” is another very short piece with the two guitarists showing off some really slick playing without doing a million solos, everybody else tended to want their instrumentals to sound exactly like that, a million solos.
The sound is really good but I think the drums could have been more polished in some places, not to say they don’t sound good, they do. The idea of having a female vocalist mixed with Metal has been on a roll for quite some time now but it’s not often they end up in Power Metal bands, this album proves that the combination is worth striving for.
So if you bored with stereotypes but you’re into great Power Metal, 80’s Metal as well as some other forms of Metal with female vocals, “Beware The Heavens” will definitely kick some life back into you. (Online July 8, 2005)