Forgive Me Not - _Tearfall_
(Metal Age, 1998)
by: Paul Schwarz (6.5 out of 10)
It seems that Sentenced's _Down_ and _Frozen_ albums made a big impact on the musical consciousness of this Russian band. However, I can forgive (no pun intended) Forgive Me Not for this to a certain degree, as they are evidently trying to find their feet and, this being their debut, have not yet quite "discovered" their own style. As Sentenced-esque stuff goes, though, I have to be honest: this is mediocre. The vocalist needs to do a lot of work if he wants to get himself to the level of Ville Laihala or any of -his- contemporaries. Apart from that, the production is good for what looks like a pretty independent job and certain parts (like the attitude infused female vocal tirade which begins "Heaven Island") are at least worthy of note and could come in handy later. Overall, though, this is pretty unremarkable and doesn't match up to such bands as Cumdeo (also from Russia), who have found their own style and are already well on their way to greatness.

(article published 7/7/1999)

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