The Spiders and the Butterfly

01. Temptation Flame
02. The Spiders And The Butterfly
03. Merciless Game
04. Forever Us
05. When Darkness Falls

Cecilia Petrini – Vocals & Piano
Stefano Sain – Vocals
Lorenso Pasutto – Guitars
Davide Sportiello – Bass & Keyboards
Alex Vescovi – Drums


Laura Furlan - Violin

Music by Pasutto & Sportiello
Lyrics by Petrini
Produced by SinHeresY
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio 73,Ravenna, Italy. Engineered, mixed and Mastered by Riccardo Pasini
Violin and acoustic guitar recoreded at Fandango Suond, Trieste, Italy by Andrea Bondel
Artwork concept by Giacomo Bulgarelli
Artwork by Davide Nandalin - Nerve Design
Logo by Maurizio Galli - Track Graphics
Photos by Stefano - Schnauz
Temptation Flame (Official Video) Directed by Marco Tessarolo

Released 14/12-2011
Reviewed 8/5-2012

revalve records

Italian band SinHeresY as they call themselves in printed form with capital letters fighting for dominance or something, are releasing their first release which is an EP on italian label Revalve records. One striking thing seen immediately when getting this EP is the logo which is quite cool and also a rather nice artwork as well, such details are always important in the works of musical creation. Some say that they once were a Nightwish cover band, while others (the promo information) says nothing of the sort. The talk of the town (which is the promo information) is that this EP is a must have for fans of Nightwish, Within Temptation and Epica, so if you are a fan of those you have to get this EP. Their manager or the guy working for the company managing the band said that he hoped I could like the album, guess we’ll see about that during the creation of this review text which of course as usual will be a work of complete and utter brilliance as is customary when I write reviews, maybe.

We are talking about a band enjoying the duets between a man and a woman, not as might be customary in gothic metal as these guys seems to be labeled with a growler and a female beautiful voice but rather a masculine but clean male singer and a female singer with ambitions to sound like a soprano. I say with ambitions because I don’t think she is quite there, she sounds quite good and cool but not as powerful or beautiful as a full fledged soprano singer, but there’s lots of feel in her voice. Their sound is in the melodic metal range with symphonic undertones and a love for the strings, but also with some touches of the progressive just to spice it up and you could call it gothic metal because I guess it fits the format that is usually considered gothic metal. The music is quite varied in tempo with everything from rather fast songs like the opener to soothing ballads like Forever Us and this over an EP of five tracks and 25 minutes of playing time. Did I mention the production? Guess not, it is modern, clean and the soundscape is really good, kind of like you have come to expect from all music that is released today.

This is a really good EP, a powerful and varied one with five very good songs that shows an impressive range of skills from this new band. I think that the female vocals are very good, maybe she isn’t a fully fledged soprano but her voice works well and even better than a more skilled soprano would have done, this sort of unpolished soprano vocals along with the male singer works perfectly on this EP. Sure, there are things for this band to work on, I do think they are a bit on the cautious side like they don’t dare to go as far as they could have gone. The downside this brings is that the album becomes a little less challenging and less interesting than it could have been. Still, that could have been a bigger thing than it actually became, this because the songs on this EP are so good it doesn’t matter all that much even though somewhere in the back of your mind it is still nagging at some braincells not unlike a little mouse nagging on the phone cables in the fields, you know just that little feeling that they somewhat ruined something much better.

The best song on the album would have to be the opener Temptation Flame albeit it has a quite poor video, however you don’t have to watch that. I also enjoy the title track quite a bit and the ballad Forever Us is worth an honorary mention which makes it like 60% of the album are songs worth mentioning. So I guess I could like this album as the manager was hoping for, isn’t that great? And I would say that whoever doesn’t decide to check this EP out is a monumental dingleberry, or something similar. It may not be the most innovative of EPs but it is still a damned good one, and with some evolvement and some more bravery in the songwriting department there will be a great debut album to be seen whenever that happens.



Label: Revalve Records/K2 Music Management
Three similar bands: Nightwish/Within Temptation/Epica
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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