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Sarissa - Masters Of Sin - 2004 - Black Lotus

Track Listing
1. Bleed (Till 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
It took me some time to put my thoughts on this particular album into words. It's not to say that I didn't like it or couldn't get into it. More accurately, this proved to be one of those albums that can't be summed up after a cursory listen and shuffled to the bottom of the teetering pile of cds on my work desk. To the contrary, this is an album that you don't just listen to, at all. You absorb and feel the music, for the full, heady experience!

Sarissa is a trio from Greece, who got their start as a typical metal band in the mid-80's. After a revolving lineup, they trimmed down the membership and garnered a sound that some bands require 4 or 5 members to master. While some may call it 'Greek fantasy metal,' based on the subject matter and near-operatic intros, closer examination reveals more. The blend of symphonic and progressive elements propel the sound to a level beyond some of their more 'cheestastic' counterparts.

Fans of talents ranging anywhere from Kamelot to Edguy to Evergrey would feel quite comfortable with adding this cd to their collections. With only three albums to their credit since their conception, it would be easy to dismiss these guys as 'lightweights' in the overall scheme of metal madness, but if you place quality over quantity, to not check these guys out would be unfortunate, indeed.

I give this one 4 flaming codpieces out of 5.


--Susan Wright 05.04.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Susan Wright5/5/2005


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