|Review: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Sinner's Serenade|
Label: X-Treme Records
Year released: 1997
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: May 27, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Rated 4/5 (80%) (15 Votes)
Once again, it is imperative to note that the "Melodic Death Metal" categorization above should not throw you off thinking In Flames or Dark Tranquillity. You may even refer to it as "Symphonic Death" if it helps. ETOS play a rather unique blend of death metal with some progressive overtones and a strong focus on melody lines in both guitars and vocals.
Sinner's Serenade was the band's debut effort and their weakest one to date. And by "weakest" it is only from a comparative perspective. This is still a fine record; just not as strong as the band's later works. ETOS are one of those bands whose each consecutive release seems to have outdone the previous one, and with Sinner's Serenade, they did start off fairly strong, so you can imagine what their later works consisted of.
A typical instrumental intro kicks off the disc that leads into the song "Another One Falls Asleep" that pretty much sums up where this disc is going – great progressive elements, atmospheric, symphonic influences with harsh vocals dishing out some dark and discontented lyrics. The next track "The Law Of The Flames", which is the best song on here, delivers everything these guys are made of – steel smoldering riffs, killer leads, tempo changes, and heavy vocal melodies. What an awesome song; the type of song you would play over and over again and just cannot get enough of. Unfortunately, the rest of the album does not deliver something this good again.
There is quite a bit of filler on here. Some more instrumental tracks that never refresh any memory as to what they are no matter how many times you would listen to them. I could live with it however, as the rest of the disc does deliver enough goods to keep you on your toes.
Although not an essential one, but a good release nonetheless.
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