Sentenced - Crimson
17 January 2000

01. Bleed In My Arms
02. Home In Despair
03. Fragile
04. No More Beating As One
05. Broken
06. Killing Me Killing You
07. Dead Moon Rising
08. The River
09. One More Day
10. With Bitterness And Joy
11. My Slowing Heart
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"Crimson" is the sixth full length album of the Finnish band "Sentenced." It's also the third with "Ville Lahiala," the new singer who brought the band into a new era. After leaving the "Death Metal" times in the past (four years ago), this album establishes them for good in their new style, bringing them popularity among the fans and the most important, recognition.

I have to admit, this album is one of my favorites. There are so many good points here, that I don't know from where to begin! A Chinese saying goes "One picture is equal to one thousand words." Being inspired by that, it wouldn't be absurd if I'd say Crimson's value can't be described by words… You have to listen to, it to understand this band's achievements!

Ville's voice is the most suitable for these songs and this kind of music. It fits perfectly with the melancholic and depressive sound of "Sentenced." Songs like "Home in Despair" or "(Bored to live) One more day" are perfect samples to get a glimpse of this dark atmosphere. Depressive Heavy Metal "With bitterness and joy" seems to be very pleasant when accompanied by smart guitar and -not pointless- bass riffs. At this point, influences from "Iron Maiden" are obvious in both guitarists work, something that wasn't denied by the band - rather widely shown in their earliest EP, "The Trooper."

Every song on this album is possessed by a sad feeling, which is obvious by the song titles. Death and pain, fills us all with songs like "Bleed in my arms" and "Dead moon rising," but as I already said, all these things have a pleasant form, not a sense of negativity.

Maybe that's why "Sentenced" are so acceptable by the audience. Both fans of metal and rock find their music amusing and worthy. Although I'm against these "must have" ideology, "Crimson" is a "must" for every metal/hard rock collection!

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 10

Band profile: Sentenced
Album: Crimson


written by iaberis | 14.09.2006

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+{Jonas}+ - 11.02.2008 at 23:05  
Great review son!
I agree with you, this album can't be described, it's so amazing. It's so sad, melancholic and depressive I actually listen to it when I'm depressed. I know it may sound a bit weird, but the melancholie in this album actually relaxes me. Great review, and great album.
iaberis - 11.02.2008 at 23:19  
Written by +{Jonas}+ on 11.02.2008 at 23:05

Great review son!

Thanks papa!
+{Jonas}+ - 11.02.2008 at 23:23  
Written by iaberis on 11.02.2008 at 23:19

Written by +{Jonas}+ on 11.02.2008 at 23:05

Great review son!

Thanks papa!

Damn... I have to stop calling "son" everyone.
Deadmeat - 12.02.2011 at 00:59  
Nice review. though i dont like that much heavy metal bands, i really love Sentenced. their style is amazing, amusing and very unique i think -though i've not exploited in this music-. almost all the songs of this album are extremely nice!

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