Sinergy - _Beware the Heavens_
(Nuclear Blast, 1999)
by: Paul Schwarz (
Kimberly Goss (former member of Dimmu Borgir, Ancient and Avernus) has formed this band with members of Children of Bodom and In Flames. It is thus not that big a surprise that the music on here is virtuostically melodic heavy metal stuff very similar to some of Children of Bodom, and HammerFall particularly. The guitar work can certainly be technically impressive, it's often catchy and some of the riffs are good, but "new" is not a word which comes within a million miles of my brain when I put on _Beware the Heavens_. Well, the fact that Goss sings could be considered something "new and different", but to be honest she might as well be any power metal eunuch, just one with a bit more richness and femininity to her vocal outpourings. It must be said that though her vocals are acceptable, the lyrics lie somewhere between bog-standard and appalling and her delivery of encouraging crowd invigorators, like "come on!" and "huh!", actually has me cringing. Unoriginal and unnecessary, though not badly written as heavy metal rehashes go.
(article published 7/7/1999)
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