Sacred - Beyond The End Of The World

Year of Release: 2004
Label: Heavencross Records
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 51:19:00

With a flood of releases, it is hard to come up with something that will turn some heads. The youngsters from Sacred managed to turn the heads of Heavencross Records and got themselves a deal. This year their debut album, Beyond The End Of The World, saw the light of day. How many more heads will it turn?

When you listen to the album, you have to keep in mind these guys are quite young and they did everything themselves, including the production, so they don't have years of experience to guide them. Despite this, they have delivered a nice album, with particularly interesting guitar parts. Unfortunately vocalist Uri Canalias is a major turn off for me, as I do not like his voice. Screamish, slightly high pitched and at times as if he tries to sound like Jon Bon Jovi (just listen to the ballad "She," which almost sounds like a Bon Jovi clone, with a not-so-great production).

Granted, they can play their instruments. As said, I do like the guitar parts very much. Like in "Static Gaze," they show they can really rock, with lush guitars and the rhythm section is also not bad, although a little back in the mix. If you really want to hear Sacred at its best, check out "Beyond The End Of the World ? Part I: Behind The Mask," an instrumental song, which shows how good this band can be (sorry Uri, it's nothing personal). I guess this is my fav part of the album.

Good, but not great, although they do have potential. I just hope they will work on the vocals, as they kind of ruin the album for me. Still, it's not a bad album, as these guys can write good songs, so I have good hope for the future.

[This review originally appeared August 2004 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]
Shame On You / Nocturnal Dike / Midnight / She / Static Craze / Boat Of The Deluded / Where The Wind Will Blow / Beyond The End Of the World ? Part I: Behind The Mask / Believe

Jose Manuel Nuñez - drums
David Trujillo Diaz - bass
Uri Canalias - vocals
Adolfo Diaz - guitar
Albert Valiente ? guitar

Beyond The End Of The World (2004)
Transitions (2006)

Genre: Melodic Metal

Origin ES

Added: November 28th 2004
Reviewer: Marcel Haster
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Language: english


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