I have mentioned this before, but Finland is a country that just keeps popping out GREAT new (Christian) metal bands! And Sacrecy is no exception! This is a fullength album full with melodic metal and power metal influences. Fans of Harmony, Narnia, Rob Rock etc
I´M PROUDLY PRESENTING A BAND WHO´S GONNA MAKE IT BIG....
IMO, REALLY REALLY GOOD STUFF!
DAMN GOOD PRODUCTION! (Of course...it´s always if recorded in my home country, Finland!)
Melodic Power/Progressive Metal
Panu Siik – vocals & guitars
Heikki Makinen – guitars
Olli Hipeli – keyboards
Jesse Riikonen – bass
Juho Fabrin - drums
1. Image of God 07:45
2. Devil's Reign 04:18
3. Forgive 05:57
4. Hope From Above (Re-recorded) 05:16
5. Anxious Eyes 04:38
6. The Shadow of Me 03:44
7. The Child Within 07:07
8. The Kiss of Betrayal 05:04
9. Masquerade 09:34
Total playing time 53:30
Band Website sacrecy.com
SACRECY MySpace http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fusea...endid=163238676
The Christian metal scene in Finland continues to grow in leaps and bounds. If in doubt, then consider all the bands to come out of the region in recent years: Essence Of Sorrow, Mehida, Oratorio, Random Eyes, Venia and Wingdom. Sacrecy is another group worth mentioning. Put together in the summer of 2002 by founding members Panu Siik (lead vocals & guitars), Olli Hipeli (keyboards) and Antti Viitanen (bass), Sacrecy recruited Juho Fabrin (drums) and Heikki Makinen (guitars) prior to recording a two song demo in 2005. Later rounding out its line up when Jesse Riikonen replaced Antii Viitanene on bass, Sacrecy entered the studio in 2006 to begin work on its full length self-titled debut, which it independently release in late 2007.
Melodic metal with power and progressive overtones would be the best way to describe Sacrecy. Fans of the previously referenced Finnish bands are certain to embrace Sacrecy as are those into other Northern European metal acts such as Narnia, Harmony, Majestic Vanguard, Laudamus and Leviticus. If your musical tastes trend towards Rob Rock, Shining Star, Balance Of Power, Dream Quest and Theocracy, then I can see you getting into Sacrecy as well. The key word to keep in mind, nevertheless, is melodic in that Sacrecy delivers its share of catchy hooks. This is best found on up-tempo pieces such as “Devil’s Reign”, “Shadow Of Me” and “The Kiss Of Betrayal”. A more progressive rock/metal direction is taken on “Image Of God”, “The Child Within” and “Masquerade” (these three also stand out with their notable melodies) while “Forgive”, “Hope From Above” and “Anxious Eyes” head in ballad territory.
Lead vocalist Panu Siik brings an even mid-octave vocal style hinting at an occasional touch of grit. The most accurate comparison in terms of style might be Clay Barton (Suspyre), Phil Janzen (Dream Quest) or Johan Falk (Incrave). As a lead guitarist, he contributes several stretches of riveting lead guitar, his adept playing best displayed on “Devil’s Reign” and “Hope From Above”. At this point it must be noted the confidence Sacrecy exhibits in its instrumental sound. “The Child Within”, for instance, features an incredible four minute instrumental section (which, of course, finds Panu cutting loose) while significant portions of “The Kiss Of Betrayal” are instrumental as well. Drummer Juho Fabrin is one of the more talented timekeepers to hit the scene in recent years (think Tony Velazquez of Sacred Warrior fame). To fully appreciate his playing one must give “Forgive” and “The Kiss Of Betrayal” several spins.
Production values are quite solid for a debut release. A crisp rhythm guitar sound amalgamates with a full and heavy low end.
Progressive influenced album opener “Image Of God” takes a steadfast rhythm guitar sound and joins it with a highlighting vestige of keyboards. An anthem-like mid-tempo piece, the song will mesmerize you with its smoothly flowing chorus and melodic but heavy touch that cannot help but bring to mind Mehida and Majestic Vanguard. Creative would be the best way to describe the final half of “Image Of God” as it decelerates to a piano based passage that gives way to a final storm of rhythm guitar.
Potential is the key word that comes to mind when listening to Sacrecy. All the pieces are in place for the band to become a major player in the burgeoning Christian metal scene: melodic songwriting, adept musicianship and solid production. Good lyrics as well. In the end, what we have here is as fine a debut offering as you will find. I am looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future- hope they stick around.
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