|What do you do when you're a musician and fan of metal music, but happen to play an instrument which is actually not considered very "metal", such as the saxophone? Then you just give it a try! At least that’s what sax player Peter Verdonck must have thought when he started off with Wretched Vixen. |
The band plays a very progressive blend of metal, incorporating bits and pieces of heavy, death and doom metal along the way. Melodies are created by equally important guitar and saxophone parts. This blend is topped with a juicy spark of female vocals. Tempo variations are omnipresent throughout all compositions, interspaced with twisted hooks and edges, giving a disturbed feel to an album which already has all the ingredients to set off the ease of the listener.
This combination makes the band very unique. Faint reminders of Opeth or Death occasionally occur along the listening journey, while the female vocals style and colour often bear some resemblance to the Left Hand Solution vocalist.
Top credit is well deserved for originality. Virtuosity and melody creation are definite strong points. The album is rather short but gives a very decent view on the potential of the band. The biggest weakness in my opinion would be the heterogeneity of the songs. Every song consists of so many different parts that it's hard to consider them to be just one song.
2. Tempted in Sarcasm
3. Unidentified Disease
5. Tales of Depravation
Duration : Approx. ?? minutes
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