Inhabitants from Earth
The Path of the Warrior
Till we fly
taste it: listen to Twisted Truth and to the excellent and dark Inhabitants from Earth at the official website
Sasch - Gesang, Gitarre
Twain - Gitarre
Tschöntzi - Drums
Keep - Keys
Youngster - Bass
recorded in September/October 2003 at the Psycho-House-Studio under the direction of Robert Santolupo
review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
A very strong Heavy Metal meets an innovative way to express Heavy/ Power and Rock: a way that is not barred from dark and atmospheric horizons. And indeed Saintsbleed's guitars and drumming rock a lot but are able to mix , with fresh energy, Power/Rock and extremely massive Heaviness together with a really dark attitude, supported by modern effects .
A breath of oxygen. A fresh wind in the world of the Heavy Metal/Power - style with a great Rock ground . Classical Heavy Metal rhythms work as bridge towards Power phrases but also towards modern and dark sonorities like happens in the very beautiful song Inhabitants from Earth that is the little impressive jewel of this 4-tracks EP Twisted Truth. Saintsbleed from Germany, created in 1999, are able to summon old- school Heavy Metal but putting in it a new vivification through the high energy, the incredible determination, the enthusiasm in playing, the modernity of certain effects in vocals and soundscape, the good use of keyboards , the powerful guitars tha are liquid silver, and an effective drumming .
Already hearing the first two tracks from the hi-fi boxes, the first thought that comes into your mind is " ehi damn but this this band is great!...who are they?" Voilà, les jeux sont faits , cause the huge quantity of force and hyperweight combined with catchy crunchy structures is immediately contagious. And indeed Saintsbleed's thunderous heaviness is one of their best characteristics: they can be heavy like Iced Earth or Judas Priest, or maybe more, but, inspite of all this, their songs come up being fresh, merciless but agile, thanks to the recurrent thrilling lead, to the catchy and measured anthemic music, to the modernity of ideas and, finally, to the agreeable vocals and backing shouts that add no weight to the soundscape , on the contrary they lighten the atmosphere . Vocals' good timbre is not high but agreeably clean: the only weak point is that here and there Sasch's voice should get even more angriness .
Title track Twisted Truth is energy launched to high levels : an uptempo Heavy, with Power flavours. Thunderous drums, good vocals and background - shouts. Saintsbleed's typical guitar strained thrillings stand out at once, as well as roaring rhythmics soaked by an amazing hyperheaviness. The song has a nice catchy structure that includes uptempo bursts, Power gallopings underlined by good lead solos, and moments of modern slow down pulse. In one word: Twisted Truth can be much of what a Heavy Metal heart needs.
The second track , Inhabitants from Earth, is different enough from the other songs: it is darker, much darker, beginning with an amazing piano and impending background , delivers a kind of atmospheric Heavy, mixed with almost gothic and new industrial attitude (notice, in the background, some synthetic "noises") . Rather far from Power, but still with the typical thrilling guitar , Inhabitants from Earth conquers with a fantastic obsessing loop- riffing and discrete but effective keys. It delivers well calibrated vocal space effects , a hammering ultra heavy bridge, rocking guitar solos and a brilliant musical catchiness, wit the lead that, in some solo passages, triggers the melody . It is a song that will appeal to so many Metalheads , no matters the genre to which they "belong". Lyrics too contribute to provide that feeling of unhappiness.
Somewhere in Mind we´re rotting slowly
Calling ourselves the one & only
Longing for a World that do not exist
Desired Angels but growing Beasts
Broken and divided without hold
Down and down and down we fall
...Inhabitants from Earth...
The third track The Path of the Warrior is a lively mixture of Heavy/Power and Rock, with the insertion of the typical backing shoutings, and a certain Helloween influence can be noticed. The title is Path of the Warrior but no fear : Saintsbleed are far from clichés of swords and heroes and here the hero-figure is collapsing into a metaphoric reality of struggle and fight, that can involve many considerations.
bribe, killer urge
no one says a word
down the Streets and see all this Crime
knows it´s killing Time
are our holy Heroes
would chase away this evil Vibes
are our holy Heroes
Path of the Warrior was written in their Eyes
Till we fly, the fourth track, is , imo, highly influenced by Helloween (around the "Better than raw" era) , vocals included. The musical content is really winning and presents also a note of sadness and nostalgy together with a good lead solo, but the refrain is not the most suitable moment for Sasch's vocals that have better moments in the previous tracks where they get also more precise identity.
Saintsbleed are really a new hope for Heavy Metal and one of the best new expressions of what the German Heavy/Power/ Rock can do, following in a brilliant way a kind of national attitude that walks hand in hand with the Death/Thrash soul. In May the band will enter the Studio again: the full length should be on the horizon around July. But whatever the choice that Saintsbleed will take: whether to underline the dark and atmospheric aspect like in Inhabitants from Earth (and it seems this is the intention, which i can only second ), or to underline the Speed metal /Power influence, the music will be anyway an irresistible heavy rocking wave . Once upon a time (it was november 2003) i wished to find a group that could perform this genre with dark and freshly innovative patterns . Well, wishes come always true ;)
dalia di giacomo
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