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   SWAN CHRISTY
Black Is The White Colour
2002
Black Lotus Records



rating: 3/5

1. Because A Motherfucker Said So
2. Cast In Tears
3. 8?
4. Enough Of White
5. Seven Is Enough
6. Salt Penetration
7. Fuck Them
8. I Am In Hate With An Alien
9. Wish You Were Dead
10. Love It Or Hate Me
11. Useless Chair Occupator

This must be the third album from this Greek band and since I havenít heard any of their eralier efforts it is somewhat difficult to say anything about the direction of their progress. Swan Christy play some kind of rock metal spiced with dark emotions, modern "machine-like" sound and a touch of progressive metal. They do actually sound rather unique, but unfortunately that alone isnít enough to keep them afloat. In a way Swan Christyís rock metal is quite catchy and moody, but it takes quite a few listens to notice these factors. In fact, it takes quite a few listens for this album to open up at all and even then it may not happen. So, this certainly isnít an album for friends of metal thatís easily accessible and melodies that strike instantly. Sure this is melodic and more or less catchy too, but as said, it takes its time to open up. The singer Kostas sounds like a hybrid of Nick Holmes and James Hetfield and is quite pleasant to listen to. The synth and the hammond add quite a bit of emotion to this album, but alone arenít enough to save this album from sounding like a marketplace of mediocrity. There are some nice rocking riffs, but that special something is still missing. For just one album, it sounds like there are too much influences which makes the listening experience a little scattered. If the main thing is to sound original, be sure you donít let the other things suffer due to that. For the most part this sounds like poor manís "One Second/Host" (Paradise Lost) spiced with some extra darkness and progressive elements. Yes, they are rather original, but still the final outcome is unfortunately reeking mediocrity.

submitted by Aleksi 21.05.2003

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