And they still are there - SENTENCED. I don't know why, but after "Crimson" there had been rumours that the Finns had split. Anyway, here they are again, with their by now sixth complete album and still they ooze optimism and hope like a gallows' noose.
I mean, take a look at songtitles like "Cross My Heart And Hope To Die", "Excuse Me While I Kill Myself" or "The Luxury Of A Grave" and wonder just like I do that a band that does lyrics like that still is alive and has not committed collective suicide by now. But we should be glad, because this way we still get good CDs...
Compared to the previous album they have turned more rocking, but thanks to the guitar-sound and the structures still absolutely sound like SENTENCED, not least due to the vocals of Ville Laihiala. No matter, if acting up-tempo or rather measured, everything sounds so damn melancholic and depressive that weak-minded people should think twice before listening to an album like "The Cold White Light", who knows, if it might not be a one-off entertainment…
In terms of heaviness they have reduced it a little again, which does not take away anything from the listening pleasure, though. Here more up-tempo ("Neverlasting" or "Excuse Me While I Kill Myself") there more measured ("Aika Multaa Muistot (Everything Is Nothing)"), all tracks have the typical SENTENCED-touch, with the more rocking sound with an even bigger hit-potential as they already had.
I know that is sounds strange with the dark sound, but "The Cold White Light" is fun to listen to, great arrangements and melancholic melodies combine to a harmonic whole, which inimitably is SENTENCED, very good!