SARALEE - Damnation To Salvation

SaraLee - Damnation To Salvation

10 songs
46:24 minutes
***
Firebox

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SaraLee, founded early on in the millennium and debuting in 2006 with Darkness Between, are now back with their second album Damnation To Salvation. The cover artwork already hints strongly that this band from Finland is playing gothic metal. The band name lets you expect a female vocalist, but that is not the case. Let’s just hope they don’t get into trouble with the same named American company.

SaraLee play rather classical gothic as has been popular in their native country from bands like HIM, 69 Eyes and Entwine a decade earlier. SaraLee are adept at their instruments, and ok songwriters, but that’s all the good things I can say about them. The negative aspects unfortunately weigh far stronger. There is hardly any variety and excitement to be found on the CD, only the slightly faster Catch The Moon and Remains Of Carmen manage to stand out. The remaining material is mostly boring, especially Nights would be the perfect background music for anaesthesia. Rescue Me borrows its melody from Falco’s Rock Me Amadeus. The worst of all is the drummer’s nickname Clansman. I wonder if he plays live wearing a conical white mask.

Those still into Finnish gothic or afraid of an overdose of excitement are at the right address with SaraLee. Everybody else should keep a safe distance though.

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