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A creditable first effort.

Betrayfull Sins is the debut album from these aggressive European metal merchants that have taken their name from a derivative of the word “variation” as they succeed in incorporating symphonic, melodic and classical elements into their muscular sound. The band can trace its roots back to the mid-90’s with various musical collaborations amongst some of the five members before they all came together in the latter part of 2009. Vocalist Magnus Thomson veers from post-punk snarl (‘Disbelievers’ and the title track) to alt-rock drawl (‘Stonecold’, ‘Tear You Apart’), vying for the listeners’ attention with the buzz saw sharp riffs of guitarist Enrique Justiniano.

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Equally integral to the quintet’s sound are the keyboards of Martin Winslow, often subtle and understated but effective in providing some memorable melodic passages, most notably on the stand-out ‘Painted Signs’ that shifts from metallic aggression to widdly neo-prog during the mid-section breakdown. As implied by angst ridden titles such as ‘Breed Your Misery’ and ‘Hidden Agenda’ the impression left by VariaH’s lyrical musings is very much one of dirge-like and tortured as opposed to optimistic and hopeful.

In what can all too often appear to be a parade of identikit bands VariaH seem determined not to find themselves stuck in any kind of Euro-metal parody. The end result is very much a hybrid of ideas and styles, posing the question as to where they will primarily draw their fan base from. Nevertheless this is a creditable first effort.

Dean Pedley

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