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Fans of Within Temptation and Stream Of Passion should be the first to thoroughly endorse this album.

Diaphanous fabrics flowing amidst a hefty zephyr and attached to the limbs of a scantily clad female is the aural painting that always seems to result from listening to a Female-Fronted, Gothic Heavy Metal band.

Not to disappoint, 'Tears of Lust' embraces that very notion and is the debut release from one such newcomer to the scene, enkElination (derived from the Finnish word 'enkeli' which means "angel"). The album features all that is to be expected for the style; a heavy foundation, copious amounts of keyboards and Operatic vocals delivered with dark and forlorn undertones.

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Being an ex-Opera singer herself, vocalist Elina Siirala's technique is world-class and performs the songs with both drama and precision. While the Progressive tendencies that often accompany this genre sometimes impede the flow of an otherwise graceful song, enkElination provide a much more straightforward and accessible album, delivering a brand of Gothic Heavy Metal that is both memorable and easily digestible.

Although a concept album it is not, the album's strength lies in its cohesiveness as a whole rather than a collection of disparate songs. Notwithstanding the value of an album that clocks in at close to one hour, the album length is a bit overbearing and would have benefited if it were shortened by two or three songs. However, the album flow is nicely done, as the songs segue well and establish a pleasant continuity. Fans of Within Temptation, and Stream Of Passion should be the first (among many) to thoroughly endorse this album.

Brent Rusche

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