domenica 12 aprile 2015
Sinners Moon - Atlantis
Release date: April 10, 2015
Label: Inverse Records
Genre: Symphonic Power
WHAT THIS IS ABOUT
Best idea ever: what if we took a girl with a soprano voice and paired her with a nasty growler? Oh, it's been done already. A lot. Sinners Moon don't care, and they do it anyway. Considering this is their first record, I'd say let's cut them some slack. Through most of the songs there is very little growling anyway, so it does not reek of archeology. They're published by Inverse Records, which I think is the largest label specialized in bands I've never even heard of. My bad.
WHAT IT DOES RIGHT
These six Slovenians are heavily focused on melodies, which is always a good thing - it keeps the album enjoyable. They can clearly write good songs, such as Memento Mori, a good example of simple things well done. There is a good balance between the keyboards and the heavier sounds, so that it doesn't sound flat but the melodies are allowed to shine. Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica delivers a good performance (in an otherwise forgettable song)
WHAT IT DOES WRONG
First of all, there's the chance you might be tired of the formula. Personally, I think that as long as the melodies are good, there is nothing to complain about, but to each his own. Granted, Sinners Moon are often treading some dangerous middle ground, with some good Edenbridge moments (Falls of the Neverland) and other songs with less clear intentions. They aren't crafty enough yet to make their longer songs particulary good - there are interesting ideas here and there, but there's no sense of frugality.
Well done. It's a genre that has been going downhill for some time, so it's harder to shine. Sinners Moon don't try to reinvent the wheel, but they don't steal someone else's project either. Atlantis puts them on the map as a promising band with a good ear for melodies - they will, of course, have to find their own way in a more decisive manner next time, but so far so good.