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Welcome to 2010!
I’m going to start the year off with yet another list except I won’t be limiting myself to “Top 10” or “Top 20” or whatever. I’ll be going chronologically, year by year (I didn’t put the albums in any specific order though) and if I thought it was a really good album, I’ll list it regardless of whether one year has four albums listed and another year only has two.
Looking back, the whole decade was pretty good for this rock/metal fan. The scene suffered greatly during the ’90s, but by 2000, the genre was turning the corner and I think most people had grown tired of depressed drug addicts and angry no-talent white rappers playing rock music. The legends were laying low during the ’90s and the next decade was made up of many comebacks, but that’s not to discount many newer acts who stepped up and played a vital role in rock ‘n’ roll.
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Posted by Metal Misfit
Sentenced – The Cold White Light (2002, Century Media Records)
1. “Konevitsan Kirkonkellot” … 1:40
2. “Cross My Heart and Hope to Die” … 4:04
3. “Brief Is the Light” … 4:23
4. “Neverlasting” … 3:35
5. “Aika Multaa Muistot (Everything Is Nothing)” … 4:33
6. “Excuse Me While I Kill Myself” … 3:48
7. “Blood and Tears” … 4:15
8. “You Are the One” … 4:29
9. “Guilt and Regret” … 3:44
10. “The Luxury of a Grave” … 4:44
11. “No One There” … 6:14
Ville Laihiala – Vocals
Miika Tenkula – Guitar
Sami Lopakka – Guitar
Sami Kukkohovi – Bass
Vesa Ranta – Drums
Produced by: Hiili Hiilesmaa
Sentenced was a death/black metal, but then came The Cold White Light, their supposed “sell out” album where they lightened up and became more melodic. I’m not a death metal fan, so I haven’t even attempted their earliest material. I was only drawn to this one because many metalheads claimed it was a “pop metal sellout” album. I say what’s wrong with pop metal? The answer, according to this album, is absolutely nothing.
This isn’t pop metal in the 80s hairband sense, but the tunes are definitely catchy and have been stuck in my head for years since first hearing this album, and that’s a good thing. I don’t think they’ve changed their subject matter though, the songs are still about suicide, death, and death by suicide, to the ludicrous extreme as in “Excuse Me While I Kill Myself” where Laihiala sings “I kill myself, I blow my brains onto the wall, see you in hell”.
I can’t imagine anything being sung like that in a matter other than tongue-in-cheek though given that it’s actually a catchy chorus. Still, this definitely isn’t a “fun” album, these guys are from Finland after all, where the suicide rate is extremely high, so though it definitely rocks, you can’t help but let the lyrics seep into your brain, so this isn’t something I like to crank during the summer while I’m crusin’ down the road. “You Are the One” is actually a positive love song (not a ballad), though.
A fine album when I’m ready to be angry and all depressed and stuff.
Highlights: “Cross My Heart and Hope to Die”, “Brief Is the Light”, “Neverlasting”, “Aika Multaa Muistot (Everything Is Nothing)”, “Excuse Me While I Kill Myself”, “Blood and Tears”, “You Are the One”, “Guilt and Regret”