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“The Funeral Album” by Sentenced

Artist: Sentenced
Title: “The Funeral Album”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 5/31/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

Sentenced is dead and it is my task to bring you this solemn news. It seems that after 14 years the five members of this Finnish band have made the command decision and decided to end the bands existence. “The Funeral Album” released on Century Media Records is the closest thing to a suicide note that investigators could find. As original fans will remember, Sentenced was known for blazing Death/Black Metal but several years ago switched gears and took on a more Traditional & Gothic mannerism to their performance and style. This release continues along those lines, and this is fine with me since it shows how diverse bands have proven themselves to be over time. Amorphis recently delivered a similar thing to their fans with “Far From The Sun” as the record was not what their normal fan base had expected either. “The Funeral Album” is full of tracks that signify the ending of ones life and while morose as a topic, most of these tracks are excellent. Very moody and dark and yet poignant more often than they are not. The titles use cryptic metaphors such as “We Are Falling Leaves”, or “Lower The Flags” and “End Of The Road” just by reading them you kind of knows what the band is getting at.
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