Sinheresy- Paint the World (Bakerteam Records)

A fine display of European power...
Release Date: 
30 Sep 2013 (All day)

I consider myself something of a cheese connoisseur, I adore clean melodic vocals as much as I do the dirtiest death growl and mere mention of the words "symphonic" or "power" gets me hot under the collar. Unfortunately, 2013 has been a bit of a dry year for cheesy power metal goodness. Sure, SerenityLord and Taberah have released great albums this year, but Powerwolf's latest didn't hit me as hard as I would have liked and outside that, there hasn't been a whole lot of quality stuff that has been brought to my attention.

So you can imagine my delight when I discovered a new European symphonic power metal band were about to release their debut album. Or maybe you can't imaging my delight. Whatever. Regardless, I gave Paint the World a spin and was pleasantly surprised with it's quality.

The crux of Sinheresy's sound is rooted in the melodic, European tradition. There are orchestral sections, and a piano ballad called Roses and Thorns. The Metal Archives even claim the band started life as a Nightwish cover band (I can't find any further verification on this, but it certainly seems plausible). But before you get your codpiece in a twist, Sinheresy manage to balance these melodic tendencies with enough balls out riffage to sate fans of the more speedy brand of power metal that bands like Sabaton deliver.

Much like Serenity's last album, released earlier in the year, Sinheresy's greatest strength lies with matching the heavy with the light. Opening track Last Fall thunders out of the gate with pounding double kicks and speed metal riffs, while other songs mellow out, at times with swelling orchestral passages. The album even throws in some surprising displays of musicianship with some Children of Bodom styled keyboard and guitar shred offs.

There are two vocalists in the band, a male and female one, and they both manage to play off each other quite nicely. All of the melodies in the album, both vocal and musical, are sweet as sugar and stick inside your ears like toffee. You can't help but find yourself humming along to just about every song on the album.

Paint the World is a solid debut effort and I definitely recommend fans of melodic power metal to check out Sinheresy as soon as possible.