Released: 2009, Sleaszy Rider Records
Reviewer: Alan Gilkeson
Eerily similar to Paradise Lost, Sorrowful Angels borrow mightily from that band, throwing in a tinge of Rammstein and maybe some of the melody phrasing of Poisonblack. Being so similar to Paradise Lost however creates a bit of a vacuum where execution becomes paramount and song writing even more so. For the lack of unique style requires some exacting implementation, and this is where Sorrowful Angels find a bit of success.
For the most part the songs are pretty solid. 'Denial' is probably the all round top track, with a chunky riff and great keyboard refrain surrounded by a nice catchy chorus. Also, there's quite a few well phrased and rocking guitar solos that really fit well with the songs, never straying into over the top guitar maestro type stuff, just real tasty and in the right place. 'Final Win' and 'Suicidal Manners' feature the best of those solos. All in all, everything plays real nicely, even if it sits squarely in the mold of Gothic Rock/Metal, and has dash of parody going on.
I gather these guys are enjoying a bit of popularity in Greece, playing gigs and making the local papers and such. Whether that can translate into bigger markets remains to be seen. I'd like to see them push the envelope a bit more in the future, step away from the Paradise Lost imprint a bit, take the guitars to an even more powerful melodic level, and really continue to develop the chorus to even more hooky heights.