|Review: Sinamore - Seven Sins a Second|
|Seven Sins a Second|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: October 23, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Seven Sins a Second
As we're creeping up to Halloween - I just couldn't resist - we're offered a chilling slice of deliciously dark metal from the boys at Napalm with this, the second album from Finland's Sinamore. Now, Sinamore haven't had it easy; in fact they have been around for many years working their furrowed brows into a knot under the guise of Halflife, but only last year after a string of unsuccessful demos and severed label contacts did they finally release their debut, and their follow up, "Seven Sins a Second", is decidedly more mature, better produced - Finnvox, naturally - and perhaps better written, yet it is still a speculative release. Why? Well it's because the whole thing sounds gloriously dreary, with all the hallmarks of the style wrapped up in a twisted, thorny bow, and as a result, they produce a collection of songs that really work on their own, with grand choruses, melancholic, bittersweet vocals and pumping guitar harmonies, all played at a relatively fast pace and executed beautifully. But as an album there is no flow, no connection, and it plays more like a 'greatest hits' than a sophomore effort.
Some would argue this a good point, and they'd be right, because every track here - especially "Far From a Dream" and the grossly involving "The Burning Frame"- could be a single in their own right. But as a gothic metal jigsaw, it just doesn't fit. A murky mix of Sentenced, Charon and modern Amorphis it may be, but Sinamore can do better, and if they don't, they'll be sadly hearing the funeral bell prematurely.
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