Mother Of Sin - 'Absolution'

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Mother Of Sin - 'Absolution'

A very decent release.

Five years after the release of their debut album 'Apathy', Dutch power metallers Mother Of Sin return with their follow up 'Absolution', which has been made available independently due to contractual problems, download across several sites and physically from their own website . Their debut offering received lots of good press, especially in their home country, so I was eager to check this release out. 

The band consists of Eduard Hovinga on guitar and lead vocals, Gerry De Graaf on drums and Peter Groen on bass/keyboards with the album being produced by Dick Kemper (bassist of legendary Dutch bands such as Vandenberg) at the well known S&K Studios. I'm also led to believe the band are still looking for a record deal, so hopefully for them this album will do the job, as what you get on offer from this band is strong compositions, excellent and passionate guitarwork,and a deadly high voice.

 

There's lot of cohesion in this band, and it's audible on 'Absolution' as this is a very melodic release, probably more so than the likes of Freedom Call, but still with the same blistering solos and drumming, but it does have a slight prog metal angle. The album opens in majestic fashion, with blistering guitars and sweeping keyboards, interspersed with quieter moments which, although very good, make it sound a little disjointed and at times the guitars can be quite rough, almost as if there are no keyboards at all. The vocals are very catchy though and inspired, and of course like most Power Metal bands you get offered up a quality ballad, 'Higher Ground', which for me is the highlight of the album with its atmospheric feel about it, and the heavier and very Maiden-esque ' Soul Searching' and songs such as 'Everlasting', 'Heaven Is Burning', Stone' and 'Braced', with their strong focus on tight melodies and strong choruses. All in all a very decent release with some really good stuff offered up, it follows the current trend of some impressive European melodic power metal bands and should appeal to fans of Kamelot, Avantasia, TNT and Freedom Call. 

Mark Warburton

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