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Divanity Extra tracks, Import

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DIVANITY

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  • Audio CD (January 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Marquee Inc. Japan
  • ASIN: B002XYK9C0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Nikiforos V. Skoumas on February 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
"The Murder of my Sweet" is the new band of Swedish metal drummer Daniel Flores. For those who have followed Daniel's works, the musician has proven himself equally effective playing with melodic/progressive metal bands (namely "The Codex", "Evil Masquerade", "Tears of Anger") as well as being a part of melodic rock/AOR projects such as "Crash the System" and "Faro".

So which of the two directions does this new band follow? It is fair to say that "Murder..." stands right in the middle of the two genres, being female fronted hard rock dressed with orchestral arrangements. Apart from Flores the band includes lead singer Angelica Rylin, guitarist Daniel Palmqvist, bass player Johan Niemann and key player Andreas Lindhal.

In terms of sound, the musical basis on most sound reminds one of the German melodic metal band "Masterplan"; indeed the songs open with thick guitar riffs while very ambitious orchestral melodies follow immediately, with drumming being intensive and up front. Then Angelica induces a striking difference, as her singing is forceful yet by no means aggressive; for that matter she is clearly capable of carrying the core melody of each song vocally from start to finish.

"The Murder of my sweet" blend symphonic hard rock with mainstream melodies into an admirably balanced debut "Divanity" which retains its hard/heavy identity. The production is impeccable and the songwriting so developed that causes one to think that if the band should tour with a full scale orchestra, it would make for the hard rock highlight of the year, such is the substance of the material. Favorite tracks include "No evil", "Bleed me dry", "Revolution" as well as the title track.

Finally "The Murder of my sweet" should satisfy any fan of female fronted metal and symphonic hard rock; It might also get one thinking of further possibilities - production and touring wise, this could go a long way.
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I don't understand why an album so perfect has remained unknown to me for so long! Murder of My Sweet doesn't vary that far from basic song structure, but the production and musicianship is very well done. The vocals will take some getting used to because her voice is unusual, but it bonds with the music in a perfect way. An album I've listened to countless times, very well done!
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You can't go wrong with Swedish Metal whether it's the incomparable Kee Marcelo from Europe or the legendary Yngwie J. Malmsteen, they took what we were doing in L.A. and took it to a whole new level of technical proficiency, sonic clarity and musical intensity with classically-influenced passages and Divanity is no exception to this.

On their debut album, The Murder of My Sweet unleashes its brutal assault with "No Evil" which comes with all of the face-melting fury of a mid-2000s American metal record but with the audio excellence for which European hard rock has come to be known. Drums with balls, and understated yet appropriately-mixed guitar tracks support the cinematic orchestral section that provides the epic feeling you are watching a Hollywood Blockbuster. "Follow the Rain" is the foot-stomping, fist-pumping head-banger that I've yearned for since "Bring me to Life" by Evanescence. I've been so addicted to this song, I've been playing it at least 3-4 times a day, every day, for a week. You just have to hear it to understand why.

The only problem I had with the product was Frontiers' choice to go with a silly-looking DigiPak. These things are probably suitable for press kits or other promotional materials that might be included as part of a magazine issue. However, in my opinion a full-length, retail release should never be packaged like this. They do, however, make up for this by providing an enhanced CD, which includes video from "Bleed Me Dry." Although, quite frankly, I enjoyed the video of "Follow The Rain" on their official Myspace profile more.

Throughout this record, you will hear shades of everything from Queensrÿche to Queen but this is definitely an album with its own identity. It isn't rehashed 80s nostalgia, and it isn't raspy, screamy or whiney.
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I have to tell you that I did not know what I was getting when I ordered this cd. I am so glad I did. This cd rocks!!! The music is a cross between metal and electronic type rock. The lead singer, a girl, has a superb voice, and the rest of the band is excellent. The music is definetly head banging and if you are a fan of bands such as Within Temptation. or Sirenia, you will like this outing. Check out the last cut on the cd, i believe this is a homage to Queen for it reminds me of Bohemian Rhapsody.
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Divanity (2010) is the debut album from The Murder Of My Sweet, a group that hails from Stockholm, Sweden. Founded by drummer Daniel Flores, the lineup for this recording features lead singer Angelica Rylin, guitarist Daniel Palmqvist, Johan Niemann on bass guitar, and Andreas Lindahl on keyboards. The band's name was inspired by the movie Murder, My Sweet (1944), a film noir featuring Raymond Chandler's private eye Philip Marlowe. The album title "Divanity" is a combination of diva, divine, and vanity.

The band's music would probably fall into the symphonic or Goth metal category, and is characterized by mid-tempo songs driven by heavily distorted guitar, augmented by keyboards, that firmly support the lead vocals. Angelica Rylin's voice is most clearly in the spotlight, as among the twelve songs, there are almost no guitar or keyboard solos. Fortunately, Rylin is very pleasant to listen to, as her voice has good range and power. Her style of singing is mostly straightforward, without employing a lot of vocal gymnastics. With Flores and Rylin composing most of the songs, the tone of the music is usually dark, and the lyrics kind of foreboding, although Rylin sings them with conviction and a quality of sweetness. Overall, the sound of The Murder Of My Sweet is rather is reminiscent of the band Krypteria, although perhaps with a heavier keyboard presence.

The album is very consistent, and with two exceptions the tracks are under five minutes long. The song "Bleed Me Dry" was the first single, but probably isn't the strongest track on the album. "Valerie", "Revolution", "Tonight", and "Destiny" are all very strong and catchy tunes.
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