I dove into this album and I wasn’t armed with much knowledge of the band ahead of time. However, I know what I like to hear and Liv Sin is pretty damn cool. FOLLOW ME is the debut album, (is it a solo album?) of Liv Jagrell, formerly of Sister Sin. When that long-running Swedish act broke up a couple of years, Liv went right into her new project.
FOLLOW ME is Metal to the core with a few little hints of modernity, which thankfully are not too distracting. Jagrell’s voice is rough and raw and completely unique in my mind. She is a powerhouse vocalist, her roar is convincing and energetic and when she sings in a slower, dare I say more feminine style, it is still a great voice. For example on the intro of the semi-power ballad, ‘Endless Roads’ we get to hear perhaps her more natural voice and it is excellent as well. Otherwise, she has a raspy intensity that sets her apart from the pack. The songs are traditional songs, not very progressive but well-written and arranged with good choruses. The band keeps things streamlined, not too many extra frills, just the occasional bit of acoustic guitar or a slight voice-over, like on ‘Killing Yourself To Live’ and some well-placed changes in tempo. The album is mostly mid-paced with lots of good crunchy in the guitar tone and everything falls nicely into a good head-banging zone. The whole album is very appealing based on good songs and ideas, not just simple, hooks and still quite heavy.
FOLLOW ME is a very decent package, it has a couple of guest stars, great production values, and a way cool cover of Fight’s ’Immortal Sin’, which is quite appropriate I think. All of these factors just add to the list of reasons why you may want to check out Liv Sin. For whatever reason, I never paid attention to Sister Sin. If any of their records are as good as this one, I’ll have to go back and check out their deep catalogue.
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