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Sinocence - Black Still Life Pose - 2005 - Co Pro/Casket Records

Track Listing
1. Requiem
2. Psycho
3. Beneath The Halo
4. Makin' A Monster
5. Six Second Stare
6. Drown The Noise
7. Shedding Skin
8. Anything For The Next Escape
9. Inside
10. Novacaine
11. Soultied
12. Scarred Human Vodoo Doll
Well, I haven't seen that much Irish metal of late, with the most recent band being that of Scavenger. Now Sinocence makes it's way across the seas to my domestic mailbox. The band releases their fifth recording to date with "Black Still Life Pose", a creative vision that dabbles in more of a progressive thrash mode.

At times this band sounds a bit like Farmer Boys, with the obvious heavy handed thrash elements in full force, but beyond that comes a more emotional vocal display and some more thought provoking arrangements and song structures, all of which are deeply rooted in heavy metal, unlike the Farmer Boys who are a bit more pop oriented at times. Fans of everything from Machine Head and Megadeth to Life Of Agony should find plenty to like with "Black Still Life Pose".

Bottom Line - Energetic, charismatic, and very entertaining. Raw thrash roots with a strong, clean vocalist and plenty of timing and tempo changes.



--EC 1.12.06

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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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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