The Sins of Thy Beloved

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Lake Of Sorrow

The Sins of Thy Beloved - Lake Of Sorrow ©1998 Napalm Records
1. My Love
2. The Kiss
3. Worthy Of You
4. Lake Of Sorrow
5. Until The Dark
6. All Alone
7. Silent Pain

Yet another band of Napalm Records' Breast Band Brigade, The Sins of Thy Beloved is a band volumous in members as well as overall sound. With seven members, this band probably has to utilize a couple minivans in order to get to gigs. Nevertheless, The Sins of Thy Beloved is a band dwelling within the infamous Theatre of Tragedy sound, fleshed out with a violin circa classic My Dying Bride. This is a sound that seems to be in great abundance lately, what with bands like Siebenburgen, Trail of Tears, and others. Luckily, while The Sins of Thy Beloved is by no means original in their sound, they are more than competent and Lake of Sorrows is a rather enjoyable full length debut. Their main strength lies in the violin playing, which is contributed by a session musician who also is involved with an Irish jig band called The Tramps. His violin playing is very emotive and adds a very strong degree of flash and substance to the band's musical base. The rest of the music is slow paced, dirge-ridden gloomy stuff with occasional flashes of melodic keyboards, pianos and very trudging guitars. The vocals alternate in that tried'n'true "Beauty and the Beast" method, although this band would benefit greatly from losing their male death vocals as they are often a detraction from the often beautiful sounds the band puts forth. Vocalist Anita Auglend has a soft, light voice very similiar to Liv Kristine from Theatre of Tragedy. Her floating voice is a nice counterpart to the more cumbersome effects of the music, although there is enough warm melody to carry the listener through the doom.

Overall, The Sins of Thy Beloved may do very little to lure new listeners into this rapidly saturing substyle of metal. Certainly there are many people who are rather tired of the numerous outfits offering a similar sound. Luckily, the cumulative talents of this band do place them above some of the less inspiring units. Lake of Sorrow is definitely recommended towards those who haven't been able to stomach the creative demise of Theatre of Tragedy and can exist as a suitable replacement for them.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2001

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Perpetual Desolation

The Sins of Thy Beloved - Perpetual Desolation ©2000 Napalm Records
1. The Flame Of Wrath
2. Forever
3. Pandemonium
4. Partial Insanity
5. Perpetual Desolation
6. Nebula Queen
7. The Mournful Euphony
8. A Tormented Soul
9. The Thing That Should Not Be

After further review, it would appear that The Sins of Thy Beloved may be the best of the "beauty and the beast" type of gothic-doom-death metal acts currently fleshing out (literally, if you have seen Napalm Records' cover art of late) the metal world lately. Although Sins tend to have a fairly well-known and predictable metallic musical base, they have expanded their sound to incorporate keyboard and violin interplay that puts them above many of their peers. Their debut, Lake of Sorrow, introduced the world to their sound and Perpetual Desolation does nothing more than refine it somewhat. The eight originals and the cover of Metallica's "The Thing That Should Not Be" are all well written and executed songs, albeit often a tad lengthy. As with the debut, Perpetual Desolation benefits greatly from the violin playing, which is far more lively and full of vigor than those who go the route of My Dying Bride's mournful dirges. The synth effects and keyboard playing add a bit of a horror creepiness to the music, creating more depth to the songs. Vocals, of course, alternate between the soft and light female contributions to the gruff and grumpy male segments. The rest of the band simply creates the heavy metal basis for which all the melody and identifiable elements are overlayed. At the end of the day, The Sins of Thy Beloved are still working within a style that is extremely crowded but their ability to add a layer of personal identity make them one of the more recommended bands of the style.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2001

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