Rating:
9.0
Charon - Songs For The Sinners
31 August 2005


01. Colder
02. Deep Water
03. Bullet
04. Rain
05. Air
06. She Hates
07. Ride On Tears
08. Gray
09. Rust
10. House Of The Silent
11. Divine [bonus]
12. Frail I Stand [bonus]
13. Give Nothing [bonus]


One of the most underrated bands out there in my opinion. They are not the most amazing band, they have not had an album that is a masterpiece and classic, but they have definitely evolved through the years to create a sound to call their own that in my opinion differentiates them from all the other Suomi metal bands. When they started someone could call them Sentenced clones, but this has changed a couple of albums ago. This is their fifth album and probably the musically best one and yet they are still relatively unknown and they have not done many excursions outside Finland, which is a shame.

The album starts with probably the best song "Colder", which immediately grabs your attention with the beautiful melody, the mesmerizing voice of Jenny Heinonen (that always does the backing vocals for the band although not part of the main line-up) and finally the deep and powerful voice of JP Leppäluoto. The album continues with songs like "Deep Water" and "Bullet" that make you want to sing along because they are quite emotional and the music although kind of sad is quite uplifting. Then "Air" comes along, which is the slowest song and a very nice one to relax to with the help of the strings used in it. After another song comes the fastest track "Ride On Tears", which could have easily come from their third album "Downhearted" and is kind of a signature type song for their sound. This song is followed by another couple solid songs with very nice guitars all over and JP again showing off his voice in "Gray" in particular. Finally, the album finishes with "House Of The Silent", the longest track on the album, and also the saddest one. It starts off slowly and it builds up and grows inside of you. The vocals are better than ever here and the band showing that they can actually play very well.

I mentioned JP's voice a lot because it is very unique and one of the best ones, if not the best one, in this kind of melodic metal music. To wrap things up, I would recommend this album to anyone who likes suomi metal and whoever likes melodic metal in general. It is definitely their more mature album and I hope that they continue in the same way and that they will become more famous than they are so that people can enjoy them live all over the world, because they do deserve that! Ladies and gentlemen these are the "Songs For The Sinners"

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Band profile: Charon
Album: Songs For The Sinners


 


written by addiction | 20.02.2008


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Katatronik - 20.02.2008 at 21:19  
Maybe their best album ever, together with "The Dying Daylights"...
amazing songs IMO!
addiction - 21.02.2008 at 13:16  
yes those 2 albums are definitely their best....maybe a prefer the dying daylights slightly more....but both are amazing and i really dont get why more people dont listen to them...then again i do so thats ok for me...:)
Bad English - 22.02.2008 at 13:36  
Good rewiew fille mou but I like firts 2 Charon albums and best song ever of band are November's Eve
Good job
Darkside - 24.02.2008 at 17:43  
New Album News??? Anyone Know????
Abattoir - 22.12.2008 at 20:21  
Well, I listen to this a album quite a lot since I have first time listened to it. It is realy a good staff...especially the vocals on the whole album sounds amazing. My highlights on the album: Colder, Deep Water, Rain, Air, Ride On Tears.
Întunecatul - 08.05.2010 at 18:41  
My favorite album from them .
Highlight of the album: "Colder","Air" and "House of the silence".
So 8,7 from me.
Also a good review.
ErnilEnNaur - 25.02.2011 at 03:05  
Very accessible gothic metal and a pretty good album. I do love JP's voice. Review could be better, but it's not too bad either.

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