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Released: 2000, Nightmare Records
Many great bands have grown out of the collaboration of 2 musicians of like mind. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Kiss and Aerosmith to name but a few. Cain’s Alibi are another band that have grown out of the collaboration of 2 musicians who have found in each other a musical partner. Those 2 people being Paul Miller and Neal Anthony. The two met at a sales job and soon realized that they shared a love of music. They quit their sales job and built a studio in Paul’s basement. After limited success with writing commercial jingles and producing the 2 decided to record a CD. They released the first Cain’s Alibi CD in 1998 but the first incarnation of the band fell apart and they were forced to look for new members. They recruited new musicians and the lineup now consists of Paul Miller: lead Vocals, guitar, Krister Pihl: guitar, Mark Christenson: bass and Derrick Dotterweich: drums. The lineup was together a year when they recorded Sanctified.
The disc consists of 9 songs and kicks off with the track "Guilty of Humanity" which is a kind of laid back tune to start a disc. The song is not a ballad or anything, it just has a very laid back feeling. Up next is the title track. This song has a great groove and is one of the catchiest songs on the disc. My favourite song on the CD is "The One" This song contains some very tasteful guitar work which makes this a strong contender for best song on the disc. Other standout tracks include "War Gods" and the mildly Panteraish "Rise Up".
Cain’s Alibi play what I would call laid back metal. Its not because of the speed at which they play, its more of the atmosphere of the disc. Miller is a more of a crooner than a screamer which lends itself to this feeling. I must commend the band on the CD’s packaging. The booklet is full of great artwork and is one great piece of work. That being said Cain’s Alibi are a an entertaining listen if you are into laid back metal.
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