Sentenced – The Cold White Light

Sentenced – The Cold White Light

While I felt that their previous release “Crimson” strayed away from their strengths and headed into the direction of style like Metallica’s disastrous “Load” and “Re-Load”, the Northernmost Killers have rebounded and hung the styling of “Crimson” in the frozen forest of their native Finland.  11 tracks of introspection into oneself and thoughts of suicide abound.  These Finns are most definitely affected by their bizarre climate near the North Pole in regards to light and more importantly, darkness.

“Brief Is The Light” recalls the Sentenced sound of “Down” and “Frozen” most notably the track “Crumbling Down” (from “Down”).  “You Are The Only One” is a beautifully composed song that may remind some of the mellower tracks performed by Death Angel.  The final track “No One There” charted at #2 on the Finnish Top 40. (which includes the likes of Hanoi Rocks and Nightwish, along with USA Top 40 artists Shakira and Pink) and the CD “The Cold White Light” debuted at #1 on their Album charts.  “Cross My Heart And Hope To Die” jumps back and forth between low key and crushing.

Prepare for an intense look into your own being once you begin to unravel the tales of misery Sentenced weaves between the mournful sounds of the swans.