|Review: Sinergy - Beware The Heavens|
|Beware The Heavens|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 1999
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: April 28, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Beware The Heavens
This is the debut from this excellent power metal band. Originally from Sweden, they relocated to Finland after this CD. Despite what you may read elsewhere, this is a really good album, and any slams you read are apt to be motivated by something besides the quality of the music.
Let’s get this out of the way: Sinergy is essentially a side project of Children of Bodom guitarist Alex Laiho, fronted by his wife Kim Goss, formerly a touring keyboard player for Dimmu Borgir. Kim, for some reason I am unaware of, seems to incur a lot of hostility. Maybe she’s hard to work with, I do not know. But she’s been in feuds with everyone from Ralf Scheepers (of Primal Fear) to Nightwish (after the much publicized defection of Sinergy bassist Marco Hietala to that band) Some people have used animosity toward her to justify slamming her talents and this band in general: Do not believe them.
If you like Laiho’s guitarwork in Children of Bodom but hate the screaming vocals, then this is the CD for you. Here Alex is free to indulge his power-metal jones and shred away like Malmsteen, and boy does he ever. "Beware…" is crammed full of killer licks and tasty solos that almost fall over themselves in their eagerness to get out. The rest of the bandmembers on this album reads like a who’s who of Swedish metal, with In Flames/Hammerfall axeman Jesper Stormblad on rhythm guitar and the ubiquitous Sharlee D’Angelo on Bass.
Again, some people have claimed Kim Goss is a shitty singer, but this is a ridiculous lie. She has a powerful midrange voice, with more of a hard-rock style than the usual power-metal flavor. She doesn’t dwell in the upper registers, and doesn’t have the range of some other singers, but she makes up for that with attitude, confidence, and aggression. I’ll take her over that weenie Joachim Cans any day.
This is a very enjoyable album, with great songs like "Venomous Vixens" "The Warrior Princess" and the killer title cut. There is some filler here, like the wasted instrumental "Born Into Fire and Passion" and "Virtual Future" – and on an album this short, filler is on thin ice. Sinergy have never been able to produce an album longer than 40 minutes, and that’s a shame.
The cover art on this album is really cool, right down to the nifty purple jewel case. The lyrics range from pretty good (title track), to pretty stupid ("The Warrior Princess", about guess who?) So despite what you may hear, this is a good band, and this is a good CD. Some people will badmouth Sinergy no matter what I say, but I think in metal it should be about one thing and one thing only: Do you kick ass, or not? And Sinergy definitely kick ass.
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