Artist: Symphony Of Pain
Of Pain's new album 'Hydeology' is the fruit of the partnership between
multi-instrumentalist Tracie Law (ex- Beckie Bondage) and Pam Chowhan
(pianist to Julian Lloyd Webber).
well as laying down the vocals on the album, Law also provides bass,
guitar, drums and keyboards, along with Chowhan’s piano, violin and
keyboards, with guests Dave Dart and Nick Taylor on guitars and Liz
Sweetland providing backing vocals.
album itself is a dark mystical roller-coaster that mixes hard and
melodic rock with a dark mystical twist, this is wrapped around the
mesmerizing violin solos of Chowhan.
isn’t your typical Symphonic Metal offering, this album is so much
more with influences from Led Zep to Thin Lizzy to NIN and Queensryche.
This band is so not fitting into any pigeon-hole and for that fact
alone, all goes to make this one very special release that has been
three years in the making.
open up 'Mister Hyde’, a first taste of the darker side of Symphony Of
Pain. This is almost Cooperesque with a deep thumping bass line
driving this one, with Law almost narrative menacing vocal adding an
even darker edge to the proceedings.
big bass lines and dark vibe continue with the aptly titled ‘Darker
Side’, before the short but effective ‘3rd Movement’,
which acts as intro into ‘Sister Change’. A heavier guitar and
classical feel steer this one, but it’s the violin solos of Chowhan
that really bring this one to life. Again an almost narrative
vocal for Law just added to the eeriness.
atmospheric rain fall at the beginning of ‘Lonely’ eases us into the
first real vocal of Law on this humble ballad, as the rain continues
into the wonderful almost film score sounds of ‘Am I Dreaming’,
another track with that almost Alice Cooper feel to it.
rain gives way to storm winds for the Gothic Metal tones of ‘Kiss The
Bride’, which then gives way to the almost Cyber Goth tones of ‘For
Now I’m Dead’. Now this is a song that has the wow factor,
there are so many different elements in here, you’ll find yourself
going back to this one time and time again. The mixture of modern
and classical elements are just superb. Definitely one of the
highlights of the album.
back to the heavier symphonic tones with ‘Out Of My Head’ before the
darkest of all the tracks, the strangely compelling ‘Broken Clown’.
album closes another favourite of mine ‘Nightmare Life’, which
starts with Chowhan’s soaring violins then the dark guitars and synths
lead the way for Law’s dark narrative vocals, which wraps up what is
totally different album from what I normally listen to, but one that is
by: Barry McMinn
1. Mister Hyde
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