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Review: Sarissa - Masters of Sins
Masters of Sins

Label: Black Lotus Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 46:02
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 29, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Masters of Sins

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

This is one of the strangest albums in my collection, one which I bust out whenever I feel the need to hear something odd and unsettling. Considering Sarissa play a somewhat straightforward brand of Power Metal, this might sound rather bizarre, but then that's what Masters Of Sins is all about. Instead of singing about dragons and magic swords, this Greek act talk about war in the Middle East, tyrannical dictators, religion, and famine. Their music is a cacophonous blend of 80s-style wailing vocals, jagged, almost groovy riff work, hot percussion, and dusty, ancient-sounding orchestration. It's dark, disquieting, and almost baffling; in some ways, when I pull it off the shelf, I feel as if I am unearthing some lost, forgotten relic.

There are moments, during "To These Powers", for example, when Sarissa sound like a band of the Italian school; some times, as during "Envious Critics", they have an American, almost Symphony X tinge to them. But for the most part, Sarissa play at their own game, which brings to mind a band recording in the middle of a war zone. Underneath the sandy production lie moaning backing vocals, disjointed yet coherent lyrics, and sweeping solos, all of which sound as if they were laid down amidst a raging firefight. Coupled with the booklet photographs, taken from newspapers at the time, Sarissa's intention becomes clear. It makes them one of the only Power Metal bands with something to say.

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