latest metal news on our main pagecd reviewslive reviewsinterviewsspecials 850 links!contact us!chatour message board on Ultimate Metal /mp/\.jpgm/
  INTERVIEWS
recent:
DARK TRANQUILLITY
CIPHER SYSTEM
GOD DETHRONED
AFTER FOREVER
VOMITORY
STAMPIN' GROUND
AYREON
CHAOSBREED
CATTLE DECAPITATION
ANCIENT
INTIES ARCHIVE
  SPECIALS
recent:
NAGLFAR
studio report

(last update: Feb 9th)

SYMPHORCE tourreport - Cede Dupont telling about life on the road

SPEC. ARCHIVE

  NICO'S PHOTOPIT

  ULTIMATE METAL
Have your official forum at the most awesome online metal community!

  MUSICIANS ADS
Looking for other musicians to jam with? Send us your ad! More info:
MUSICIANS ADS

  METAL RADIO
Seismic Radio
Snakenet Radio
Apocalypse Radio
Dementia Radio

  NEWSLETTER
Sign up if you want us to keep you posted about our updates!

WEBCounter by GOWEB    

   CD REVIEWS ARCHIVE

   SARISSA
Masters Of Sins
2004
Black Lotus Records
http://www.sarissa.info


rating: 2/5

1. Bleed (Til The End)
2. To These Powers (I Swear)
3. The Ancient Land Falls
4. Masters Of Sins
5. Envious Critics
6. Nemesis
7. Starvation
8. Deathdance
9. The Struggle
10. Hypocrisy Crusade

Well, there's not much information on the web about the band Sarissa. The Greek band, founded in the late 80's, has already made music about 15 years ago. Now they are back with the album "Masters Of Sins", and they offer us melodic metal in the style of bands like Symphony X, together with some stylistic elements of Virgin Steele. The keyboard is very dominant in a classical way, so parallels to Rhapsody might occure.

The first two songs are both dominated by the high singing of fronter Nick Iglezos, he reaches his limits once in a while, but "The Ancient Land Falls" is much better as far as the vocals are concerned. They are also quite high sometimes, but not during most of the song, only in a certain part. The song also is very versatile. Mid-tempo most of the time but also thrashy elements can be heard, and the end is very fast. The title track of the album is also quite different within itself. The chorus is quite catchy, and the songwriting is really good, even if the metric doesn't fit all the time, but who really cares?!? The next song is again mostly dominated by the keyboard-sounds, not fitting too well all the time ... sometimes it seems too overloaded; and that is mostly the problem with Sarissa. I think they want to kind of "copy" Symphony X, if you look at the songwriting and the keyboards, but that is not really working. Another good one is "Deathdance", although the power is somehow not there, but therefore there's no copying. "The Struggle" starts like a ballad, but it develops into another midtempo song, and a quite good one. It sounds a bit like an 80's hard rock song, very well done! "Hypocrisy Crusade" is the last song of the album, and it seems as if the band is not the same! Blast beats at the beginning and aggressive vocals, together with melodic guitar and some oriental choirs in the background. A very interesting combination, and not a bad one. Maybe the best song on the album.

The production is really unusual. The keyboards are very dominating, maybe too offensive, and also the bass guitar is quite loud. Due to the fact that the songwriting is somehow strange and with not many own ideas the performance of the band on the other hand is ok, I am looking forward to hear Sarissa improve next time.

submitted by Paddy 25.09.2004

   CD REVIEWS ARCHIVE

rating 1 - 5 Morrigans
5 = awesome, 4 = good, 3 = average, 2 = keep practising, 1 = sell your gear!
  CD REVIEWS
recent:
IMAGIKA
INTERNAL SUFFERING
RAISING FEAR
ASTRAL DOORS
SCAR SYMMETRY
HEAVILS, THE
UNCHAINED
MERCENARY
STATETROOPER
HIBRIA
CDS ARCHIVE
  LIVE REVIEWS
recent:
DEICIDE - ARKHON INFAUSTUS - DARKDAYRISING, Haarlem

THE GATHERING - PAATOS, Frankfurt

DYNAMO OPEN AIR, Nijmegen

KATAKLYSM - GRAVEWORM - MYSTIC CIRCLE - INTO ETERNITY , Essen

EVERGREY - MERCENARY, Vosselaar/Weert

INTO ETERNITY - DIRTBRED - SPARKY, Saskatoon

LIVE ARCHIVE

  TOURDATES
Check or add tour-dates on our forum!
TOURDATES

  FESTIVALS

copyright
2002-2005
Morrigan's Pit

DISCLAIMER