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Released: 2000, Century Media
Are you ready to die? 'Cause Sentenced are back and they're ready to make you wanna commit suicide yet again. Following closely in the path they began on their uber-album Down Sentenced have returned with their newest slab, Crimson. What's new? Well, not a whole helluva lot. If you've heard Frozen then you know what to expect here. It seems that Sentenced has hit upon their wining formula and it looks like they plan on stickin' 'wit it. So suffice it to say, if you don't like the direction that Sentenced have been following for the last 5 or so years, you won't find much to enjoy on Crimson.
However, if Frozen led you into the depressing depths that the band obviously dwell in, then Crimson is the album for you. There has been a lot of controversy over the Down album, and the Frozen album in particular, cries of "sell out" "poseurs" and "that's not metal!" have been heard quite a bit recently concerning Sentenced. Y'know what? The hell with that! For my money Sentenced are one of the best bands going right now (sorry Geoff!) - "poseurs" be damned!
Anyhow, like I said, if you've heard Frozen then you know what to expect here. Low-tuned depressing guitars with Ville Laihiala's bleeding vocals draped over top. Dismal favorites include "Dead Moon Rising" (one their most stirring tracks ever), "No More Beating As One", and opener "Bleed In My Arms". In fact, the whole album is classic Sentenced. However, there are some changes afoot. Closer "My Slowing Heart" is not the ultra-slow-depresso track that its title would lead you to believe. Instead, it's a stomper of a track that sounds like the band is marching off into a black hole somewhere. Elsewhere, "One More Day" plays with a dissonant guitar tone, matched by Laihiala's voice for maximum effect. Still, there's not much new here. Yes, it's disappointing, but hell, as long as Sentenced keeps putting out albums of this quality, I'm not gonna complain (well…maybe.). Another good album, from this kickin' institution.
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