|Review: Sentenced - Amok|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 1995
Review online: February 18, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Death Metal? NO! Gothenburg metal? Not really! Heavy metal? Meh! What the hell is it? Let's just say it is an even more melodic and lighter version of Dark Tranquillity and is extremely suicidal. If there exists a metal sub-genre classification called 'suicidal metal' then Sentenced are the straight A's Ph.D. graduates in it! Very dark and depressing stuff with melodic growls but music that is pretty much heavy/power metallish….
Amok is widely regarded as the bands best release so far and is considered a classic. I personally enjoyed Frozen better. Bear in mind, this is not the same Sentenced that released The Cold White Light in 2002. The sound is so drastically different that the only things that hold the two eras of the band together are the suicidal imageries and themes. And it is Amok in the middle as the transition album from the death metal styling to a softer and cleaner sound. Further worth noting is that this is not Ville Laihiala on vocals. This is the previous vocalist who was pretty brutal on the mic but also displayed a sense of control and harmony in his voice. Yeah…that doesn't make sense, but that's just the way it is.
Tracks to look out for here are Nepenthe and Dance On The Graves….Overall, this is heavy, angry, injurious and unrelenting. The music is very tightly played and surprisingly flows extremely well, even though the vocals and the type of music here are not generally associated with each other….but Sentenced have managed to incorporate these two very different forms of metal in an insanely powerful and masterful manner. It is for this reason, in all probability, that this album is so widely appreciated. Amok is a very good disc that will surely entertain any who like melodic death metal. If you are one of those people who think they can tolerate growling vocals but are mostly into melodic and cleaner music, then there is still a good chance you will like what you hear here. And as for those who are very depressed and contemplating suicide….STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM SENTENCED!!!
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