Genre: Gothic, Blackened, Deathcore
Label: Rising Records
…wait, wasn’t Angtoria Sarah’s “solo” project? Oh well. I really shouldn’t complain.
Apparently not being content with her slew of back up/assisting credits, Sarah Jezebel Deva springs forth from the shadows and hammers us with an onslaught of powerful, but catchy yet, haunting sonnets in, A Sign Of Sublime.
It’s quite a cocktail that makes up this potent intoxicant: the enchantress’s platinum pipes, a deathcore drummer (Max Blunos, ex-Trigger The Bloodshed), a godly, death metal bassist (Dave Pybus of Massacre), a gothic doomster on the board (Martin Powell, ex-My Dying Bride) and an inventive guitarist (Ken Newman). I don’t know about you guys, but I’m sloshed already!
I’m not really sure what people are going to be expecting when they check this album out. But I can tell you this: I wasn’t expecting what I heard at all. Which wasn’t a bad thing at all. I was expecting some gothicly infused, blackened rock ‘n’ metal… you know, what we heard on God has A Plan For Us All. This time however, we get this oddly awesome mixture of ‘core drumming, 80’s rock and pop melodies (Your Wonderful Chair), progressive tones in both the bass and guitar that sometimes dips into blackened territory (They Called Her Lady Tyranny). And, of course, the classically trained voice of Mistress Deva.
My one complaint? The very last track is a cover of Meredith Brooks’s Bitch… it’s a decent cover, I am just so fucking tired of that song! Although… imagining Sarah as a “goddess on her knees” was all too enticing… I MEAN! Umm… yeah. I didn’t dig it.
Overall: An great album from a powder keg of brilliant musicians! Sarah’s voice is amazing as usual and the songs stick with you long after you’re finished listening.
Sarah Jezebel Deva On MySpace