You knew this day was coming and quite frankly it was time for these Finns to call it a day. With each passing album, SENTENCED got more into the Goth N' Roll mode and it worked for the best. While most their CD's open with a somber and melodic number, "May Today Become The Day" rocks out hard and heavy. The energy is set to high and Ville's voice has never sounded better or darker for that matter.
It almost has sort of a Garage Rock feel and it's cool to see that the band is shaking things up one last time before the curtain closes. "Ever-Frost" has a really catchy riff in the opener before the crunchiness sets in and going back to being infectious. We see the guys return to their depressive selves on "We Are But Falling Leaves." It's packed with emotion and sadness as only they can do and this is how we have come to love the band for. There is a one minute interlude "Where Waters Fall Frozen" in which things get all Death Metal like in their olden days. Too bad there were no lyrics.
They do know how to tease their fans. I will hand it to them. They could have turned in a shit album and not care because this is the end, but they go out with a bang. They don't hold back and give it their one final time. I will miss their dark humor. Just take a look "Her Last 5 Minutes." How could you not laugh at the title alone? There is nothing better than when a band doesn't take themselves seriously. From top to bottom, you are graced with "13" tracks that vary in styles and tempos, but leave you with a smile on your face.
Let's not frown on their departure, but rather celebrate it by drinking to this disc as they would have wanted it that way. So, as we lower their casket into the grave, I will be the first to toss in the black rose. This is a grand exit and they did it with style. This is a definite keeper and now I just can't wait for their first and only DVD. (Online November 21, 2005)