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01) No Paragon Of Virtue
02) The World Won't Hold Your Hand
03) A Matter Of Convenience
04) Silence Please
05) Zombie
06) Pretty With Effects
07) What Lays Before You
08) Sirens
09) The Eyes That Lie
10) The Corruption Of Mercy

 

Sarah Jezebel Deva 

Vocals 

Dan Abela

Guitars
Jamie Abela 

Drums
Ablaz 

Bass


Pzy-Clone (guest)  Programming/Orchestration


SARAH JEZEBEL DEVA: "The Corruption Of Mercy"          Foto von Sarah Jezebel Deva    Listenable Shop

Recorded and mixed at Legacy London Studios, England (Formally Escape Route Studios)      

coming June 20th on Listenable Records

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www.sarahjezebeldeva.co.uk 

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Aesthetic emphasis.

"The Corruption Of Mercy": a super album with orchestral feeling and badass yet bombastic Gothic inspired themes. It's not only a fabulous product for Gothic people but also a great listening for all who like dark , almost epic, melodies expressed with resolute force, underlined by velvety and strong voice of Sarah Jezebel Deva. It is "The" album that can appeal to all metalheads without loosing anything concerning its own  precise identification . Drumming is awesome and excellent,  often dry and hyperfast. The rhythmic section develops a formidable carpet in which riffs, soli, chorus, harmonic chords find their optimal niche. Programming and orchestration act in balance between more bombastic and aggressive songs like the opener No Paragon Of Virtue and smoother ones like the  sorrowful Pretty With Effects that provides an excellent emotional piano. Some themes are elegiac and create a surreal fairy tale effect  in contrast with the strong metal support. An example is the short track What Lays Before You that ends up as intro for the groovy and hardier Sirens. In few words there is a constant balance between guitar-and-drum-driving force and aesthetic emphasis. Mainly written by Dan Abela and Sarah, "The Corruption Of Mercy" presents indeed orchestrations from Pzy-Clone from The Kovenant a and Gian Pyres (Ex COF)  solo's. The BW cover art is  cool. Every element of the album shows good taste and skillfulness.

But tracks number 2 and 3, precisely The World Won't Hold Your Hand and A Matter Of Convenience, are a brilliant mix of Gothic, Metal and Rock aftertaste. Two songs that are masterpieces, because majestic yet agreeable and, after all, even easy going. They can be heard in almost all circumstances: they are awesome when you drive, when you learn, when you read, when you play, when you simply want to listen  to some music that lets you fly high.  

The cover of The Cranberries' hit Zombie is interesting,  it is a good homage to the Irish rock band, sung with  simplicity by Sarah and arranged with a harder, faster background.  Yet some peculiar details of the original song are maintained, for example those famous bass chords. What is astonishing in this cover, and not only in this cover, but almost in the whole album,  is the already mentioned excellent dry hyperfast drumming, and the use of piano. When put together  they unleash a sensation of contrast as if it would be a fight between  fire and water. Moreover,  the song A Matter Of Convenience provides a passage where drums , guitars and background-carpet  run wild together into a memorable escalation which is mind-blowing. 

For me it would be a perfect album in its genre, only Silence Please in Victorian melodramatic style doesn't complete match my personal taste, although being maybe the only song in which BM elements are also evident. Pretty With Effect is beautiful but too Evanescence-oriented. The rest is a great job done by this band which is a true and touring female-fronted band. Not to be missed live!

Sarah Jezebel Deva: 14 years in Cradle Of Filth as a backing singer have left a sign in mastering music, her participation and work in The Gathering, Mystic Circle (a.o.) and of course in Angtoria have refined her quest for hymnic, aesthetic darkness as this album proves.  Recorded at Legacy London Studios, England (Formally Escape Route Studios, "based around a state of the art Pro Tools HD3 recording system and Digidesign Control 24"), The Corruption Of Mercy, is also the result of a top production with a "charmant"  bass-guitar timbre. 

9,6/10

 


        

written  by dalia di giacomo - 16.06.2011

 

 

 

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