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Em Sinfonia
Intimate Portrait
November 2001
Released: 2001, Martyr Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: CrashTest

Like Amorphis, though not quite as eclectic in overall sound, Em Sinfonia feature a mix in vocal styles which showcase both death and clean voices. The mix is something like 25% death and 75% clean, with the death vocals being handled by guitarist Brian Griffin and the clean by Bunny. Yes, Bunny. Just in case you couldn’t tell from the name, Bunny is a woman and she has a pretty unique voice. Not overpowering by any stretch, it sort of floats along and provides a nice contrast to the death vocals. The mix in styles gives a pretty cool Beauty and the Beast type of vibe. It’s this balance in vocal styles that makes the album and the band’s sound unique and enjoyable.

As for the musical style, the guitars are heavy and Sabbath-esque in style, but aren’t overwhelmingly doomy. There are some keys thrown in from time to time, but they don’t soften the feel at all. Occasionally the band throws in some effects and samples, mostly in the form of voiceovers, including one that segues into a track and sounds an awful lot like Vincent Price. The better songs on the album are the first three tracks and a cover of Iron Maiden’s classic Revelations, but there aren’t really any bad songs on the twelve track disc. It’s a solid CD from start to finish. Fans of bands like My Dying Bride will especially dig this one, but I would recommend it to anyone.

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