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Subway to Sally
Nord Nord Ost
November 2005
Released: 2005, Nuclear Blast/Sound Pollution
Rating: 0.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Subway to Sally have been in the business for quite some time; NORD NORD OST is their 10th LP since 1994. Subway to Sally saw the light in 1992 Potsdam Germany, and have sold roughly 230,000 records. They have gained the most success in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as the band sings in their native language.

On the new album, this 7–piece act have featured an entire symphony orchestra (The Film Orchestra Babelsberg), in order to add more depth and mood to the music. The music is often described as medieval metal/rock; and judging by this album, with its diverse instrumentation, I wholeheartedly agree with that description.

NORD NORD OST (North North East in English) contains 10 strange tracks, and is a concept album with lyrics based on the elements ice and fire. (I think—I don’t speak German; I have nothing against bands that sings on their native language but they ought to remember that they limit themselves of maybe getting knowledge in other countries.)

This album makes no one happy—I’ve listen to it numerous times, and I still don’t get it. I’m sorry, but I can’t see anything positive with mixing all this weird genres into one and then calling it “medieval metal.” Also, the singer has an incredibly monotonous voice that can make a stone fall into a coma.

This sorry excuse for an album can only be appreciated if you’re already a fan of the band…the big question still remaining, Are there any fans of this band?

I can’t find any killer tracks on this album, but I hope you fare better. The big question? How can there be 230 000 people that want to buy this?.

Track Listing

Sarabande de Noir
Das Rätsel II


Eric Fish – vocals, bagpipes, flutes, shawn, oboe, windcontroller (?)
Bodenski – vocals, guitar, hurdy-gurdy
Simon – vocals, guitar, trumscheit
Frau Schmitt – violin
Ingo Hampf – guitar, lute, ud, mandola, mandolin
Sugar Ray – bass
Simon Michael – drums, percussion

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