Released: 1999, Spikefarm Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This gothic metal band is from my neighbour Finland and it is a new favourite band of mine who are very much like Paradise Lost. The band started their career playing black metal but soon they changed style to gothic metal and this is their debut-album.There are only seven songs and one intro. One of these songs is a cover from Depeche Mode and the song is called ”ENJOY THE SILENCE” My opinion is that Entwine does a better job than the original. It is not much with only 6 songs and a cover but there is a hell of power in the songs. Parts of it sound like Paradise Lost during their darkest period though this is even darker, heavier and more melancholy and sad and more keyboard oriented than the original.
Mr Willman’s singing suits the music very well. The beautiful R Heikkonen has a very prominent role in the soundpicture I always find it pleasant when women take part playing heavier music.The women who do this are few.Mr A Hanttu on drums is a rock behind his drums.
The debut is recorded and mixed in Astia-studio A by Anssi Kippo and the band. Producer is Anssi Kippo and he has done a good job.The band has created all the music and lyrics together. The lyrics are dark, melancolic and sad as expected with the type of music they produce.
Some of the songs that are more prominent are ”THY GUIDING LIGHT”/ the violin is played and gives the song a gloomy impression but we can enjoy a beautiful violin-solo in the middle. The violinist is a woman and her name is Pia Pulkkinen and she is gueststar. A woman takes the chorus her self and she is a gueststar as well and her name is Saara Hellströ.
They have made a nice contrast between the two.”DELIVERANCE”/ is heavy,fast with heavy guitars.”MY MISTRESS”/has a sad lyric and is heavy,talking about missing his love but faster than the rest with a beautiful guitar-solo in the middle.
The cover is well artistic and clean made as in a painting. The band is very technical and they make several rhythm-changes in every song. This is a strong debut-album. I have heard it a lot and have good hope for their future.
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