Perpetual Desolation Import
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The Mournful Euphony (one of the best tracks on the CD)
The music on this album is almost impossible to describe. It's basically (comparably) slow goth metal with a mix of angel like female voices and scary male vocals of all types. Everything carried by heavy guitars and a lot of power.
What makes this album stand out is the beauty and emotional intensity of the harmonies and melodies (with lots of beautiful violin solos) as well as the very unique musical landscape out of synthesizers, strings and other orchestral and medieval instruments. Many tracks feel very epic leading from very aggressive parts through sad and depressing as well as beautifully floating themes. It is indescribable.
I don't know how that Metallica cover (The Thing That Should Not Be) made it on the CD. It is kind of cool in TSOTBs sound, but it is very boring compared to their own compositions. Though it took me a little to get into it (especially since the scary male vocals seem very extreme in times) all of a sudden I developed an addiction to this CD like I never experienced it with any other music.
If you can handle the sorrow (and it really makes you sad in times) and like goth metal in general, do not miss out on this CD. The many themes and melodies of this album are always floating through my head, even when the CD player is off. The sound and production is outstanding.
What sets Sins apart is the use of violins and lush keyboards over the top of crushing - yet melodic -- guitar riffs. The juxtaposition of the violin with the electric guitar, although done many years before by King Crimson and others, is effective on Perpetual Desolation. Haunting, in fact.
Actually, "haunting" is a word I'd use to describe most of what I hear on Perpetual Desolation. Of course it's melancholy. It's supposed to be. That's the kind of music it is. But they've also added an element of wistfullness that goes over and above the norm even for this genre.
My favorite two songs are the first two: "The Flame of Wrath" and "Forever," although the former features way too many of those growling, demonic male vocals for my tastes (yeah, I know it's also part of the genre).
"Pandemonium," track three, begins with an onslaught of growling male vocals that sound like they're from the pit of hell. Thankfully, the angelic female vocals enter shortly thereafter to lighten the doom and gloom.
The rest of Perpetual Desolation follows the formula laid down by the first 2-3 tracks. You get more of the same, in different configurations (they add piano to "Partial Insanity," track four). That's not necessarily bad. But it's not terribly exciting, either.
The Sins of Thy Beloved differs from, say, After Forever in that Sins seems to have a more limited range of expression.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This group if your into symphonic goth music is one of the best:)I listen to lots of goth,symphonic metal,and viking/celtic metal,and if you like those catogories you will like... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by spike
this is great music, I highly recommend this cd! and any of their other ones.Published on June 6, 2009 by Senaelen
Anita Auglend is as beautiful, angelic and powerful as any female fronting any metal band in the world. The band itself has an awesome sound: blazing guitars, booming bass... Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by James E. Schafer
From the first time i listened to this album i was overwhelmed by the ambient it creates. Each song of the album fits in perfectly from start to end. Read morePublished on August 1, 2006 by Alvaro Nyström
This album represents the poorest example of the female fronted goth metal genera that I have yet heard. Read morePublished on February 12, 2006 by Burning Babies
I have heard good things about this band and that they're heavy gothic metal/ symphonic black metal, which is my favorite genre of music. So i bought this. Read morePublished on March 13, 2005
Combine one part goth with two parts death metal with two parts of progression and what do you get? The Sins of thy Beloved. This is death metal. It has death metal vocals. Read morePublished on December 30, 2003 by djhexane
This CD was okay at first, but the flat female vocals and scrapish male vocals, combined with simplistic guitars, overdone synthesizers, and repetitive drumming make for a product... Read morePublished on October 6, 2003 by mysanthropyk_overlord
For sure, many are offended by 'The Sins of Thy Beloved', from the band's name, album title, to the very blasphermous lyrics; from the satanic cover to the sex-inducing female... Read morePublished on September 30, 2001 by Hung Cheuk Man, Lawrence