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Artist:

Sarissa

Album:

Masters of Sins

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Black Lotus
Genre: [Heavy Metal/Epic Symphonic Metal With Progressive Elements]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.0


After a hiatus of 10 years, Sarissa is back with a new album. To those who don't know Sarissa started out already in 1985 as an ordinary heavy metal band. To make a long story short, Sarissa is one of the most popular cult bands in Hellas and it has had quite a lot of line-up changes. Their first two albums were self-financed, but this third album (Masters of Sins) is released by rising Greek label Black Lotus Records. Already from the beginning Sarissa has received positive reviews and attracted a following among different labels...

Songs are mainly classic epic symphonic metal with a few progressive elements. Nick Iglezos has quite a high voice, but it isn't too annoying (he uses the head voice only occasionally). The quality of songs is quite even and there aren't much 'fill' songs. However, there aren't any 'highlight' songs that overshadow others.

This album was produced at Sarissa's own studio Marathon and it took 12 months to record. Mastering, on the other hand, was done at Athens Mastering Studio. Production is good, but it could be better... I think the overall sound lacks atmosphere, so it's kind of raw and cold.

All in all, Masters of Sins is a good epic metal album... Although it doesn't offer much new to the genre, it still manages to keep the listener intrigued. I recommend it to the fans of the genre... However, there are better symphonic metal album out there (so you might want to give this album a listen before buying).

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- MAGE (11.09.2004)



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LINE-UP:
Selalmazidis, Jim A.D.: Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Iglezos, Nick: Vocals
Kanakis, Bill: Drums
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Athens Mastering Studio
TRACKLIST:
Sarissa - Masters of Sins  CD  Cover Image
01. Bleed (till the End)
02. To These Powers (I Swear)
03. The Ancient Land Falls
04. Masters of Sins
05. Envious Critics
06. Nemesis
07. Starvation
08. Deathdance
09. The Struggle
10. Hypocrisy Crusade
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