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CD SIRENS CRY SCATTERED HORIZONS REVIEW

SIRENS CRY

SCATTERED HORIZONS

2013

 

 

ON THE RISE

 

 

This sounds to me a lot like Dream Theatre meets Symphony X with female vocals a la Epica or current day Nightwish though largely keeping in a higher register. Well at least that was my first impression and it’s not that bad an analogy. Really what we are looking at is Melodic Metal with touches of orchestration, elements of Power Metal and a definite, though not too pronounced, progressive bent. What sets it apart are the compositions and vocalist Katie Joanne's voice.

 

Be warned though this is an album that seems to start off reasonably slowly with some solid and steady though hardly inspiring stuff like ‘S3V3n’ and ‘Oratory & Sins’ - neither of which really  set the world on fire.

 

Originally released last year and this year reissued by Nightmare you can see that the label interest was warranted by the time the album starts to gain an edge, on tracks like ‘Serpents of War’ which whilst being rather traditional Power Metal is really rather good and gives immediate gratification to those who like to get to the point.

 

Where it really sets itself aside from the pack is on the more complex and compelling ‘Elegy of R'lyeh’ with its injection of jazz and more complex structure. There are other equally interesting moments too like ‘Sahara Sagas Part One’ with its Eastern leanings; and ‘Cold Amber & Scalding Tears’ a sweeping ballad that adds weight as it rolls. Best of all is saved for last though ‘A Controversial Mind’ is both the most complex song here and the most fully realised and if this is where Siren’s Cry is heading  they could become real heavyweights of Progressive Metal.

 

To have managed to make something this fresh in what is becoming a slightly stolid genre is a sign of a great band.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD SIRENS CRY SCATTERED HORIZONS REVIEW 2013