Sinheresy – Paint the World – Bakerteam Records – release 30-09-2013
This Italian symphonic metal band… No wait, don’t run just yet! It’s not another Rhapsody -wannabe band with bad vocals and neoclassical solos up the arse! Sinheresy’s sound is actually reminiscent of more Northern situated bands. Sinheresy formed in2009 inTrieste and based their sound on the shoulders of bands like Nightwish, Kamelot and (foremost) Edenbridge, inserting some slight progmetal influences along the road.
After feeling the waters with a demo in 2010 they released the EP “The Spiders and the Butterfly” in 2011, which seemed to be positively received. And now it is finally time for their debut album.
Cecilia Petrini – Vocals
Stefano Sain – Vocals
Davide Sportiello – Bass Guitar
Lorenzo Pasutto – Guitar
Alex Vescovi – Drums
Daniele Girardelli – Keyboards
Paint the World
As said before, the combination of “Italian” and “Symphonic” might put you on the wrong track. The band is showing a very clear affinity for Edenbridge, though with the inclusion of a male vocalist. And contrary to the usual soprano-grunt combination Stefano Sain actually has a strong full voice with an edge to it that sounds like it’s on the point of breaking, yet stays on the good side. I can see how people would be put off by his vocals, but I enjoy it.
His voice is really needed to give the band a bit of a difference compared to other female fronted symphonic metal bands because even tough Cecilia Petrini has a very nice voice, it’s nothing really exceptional. She hits all the right notes where needed and changes her vocal range where needed, but it is pretty much a standard way of singing for a genre like this.
The album opens with just a very short intro before firing off into “Last fall”, a nice up-tempo power metal song that gets you banging to the beat right away. Stefano’s actually the one to start singing and I would say that is a good thing, because it will clear at least a little bit of the stereotypes associated with female fronted symphonic metal. And even though the band gets promoted of female fronted the vocal duties seemed to be shared quite evenly between the two of them. There are a lot of nice singing trade-offs going on and if you enjoy the dynamic vocals of Amaranthe you would certainly be able to enjoy what Sinheresy has to offer.
The music itself knows how to get your attention right away with great harmonies and good solos that never go on for too long. They keyboard parts themselves are also a nice game of hide & seek all the different layers, both on the foreground and background when it’s the guitar having the main spotlight.
The rest of the album is filled with energetic symphonic heavy metal, with just a few relaxing moments, like the song “Roses & Thorns” which is a full on ballad. Cecilia really excels here, but Stefano’s voice seems a bit less suited for a song like this. The other ballad “Our Angel” kind of has the same ‘problem’ where Stefano’s voice just doesn’t cut it. It’s a good thing they decide to power up the song close to the end.
Catchy up-tempo symphonic metal and dynamic vocals, that is what Sinheresy’s about and you’ll be reminded of it all the time. And I would not say that it is a bad thing at all. With repeated listening the songs manage to get them stuck in your mind. If the band manages to expand their songwriting skills and gain more of a special identity this might actually become a band to keep an eye out for.
- Last Fall
- The Gambler
- Paint the World
- Roses & Thorns
- Made for Sin
- Break Point
- Lost in the Shadows
- Our Angel
- Elua’s Gift
- Lying Dream
Score: 3.8 out of 5
Text: Robert Popovic