Sentenced
Amok


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
July 13th, 2007 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A classic in death metal, with a hint of rock & roll to make this album truly unique.

I'm surprised that this album wasn't in the database, because it is a fantastic album by Sentenced before they started getting all Gothic. It's fair to say that this is the best album they ever made.

Sentenced (at the time):

Miika Tenkula – Guitar
Sami Lopakka – Guitar
Taneli Jarva – Bass guitar and vocals
Vesa Ranta – Drums

Let me get this straight, this isn't a 'brutal' death metal release in any way. Nor is it a melodic death metal album either, it comes more into the 'Death Rock' category, if that even exists. I say this because the tempo rarely goes ridiculously fast, granted they do up the speed at certain points on a lot of tracks but this is done very tastefully and makes the songs a little less predictable. There's a slight change of sound from their previous albums, the band simply decided to add some Rock influences and loose the Black Metal atmosphere they had on “North From Here” which resulted in a very strong, raw and melodic sound which I call 'Death Rock'. The singer's vocals are a mix between black metal screams and death metal growls, and he does them very well; they suit the sound of he music very well and give it a sort of 'Rock & Roll' attitude.

The songs are pretty diverse, there are melodic death metal moments in 'New Age Messiah', and 'Funeral Spring' is a laid-back death hymn with some nice jazzed up wah wah bass and a dreary atmosphere. It also has a bit of the black metal atmosphere on the previous albums on 'Moon Magic'. But 'Forever Lost' is the stand-out track on this album, it's pretty hard to describe but the band are in top form here, there are even some female vocals which suit the atmosphere of the song. This album is pretty varied, and a lot of the songs are all over the place yet they keep a good rhythm, so to speak, and they manage to actually be a 'song' rather than just a load of instruments playing together.

As I previously said, the vocals are well done on this album. I think the best way to describe them would be death metal shouts, as they aren't really screamed or growled, but somewhere between. The lead guitar is a vital part of “Amok” and the bands sound in general, there’s always a melody or a tiny solo lick to make it more enjoyable, the guitarists are fantastic in this album, with a lot of memorable riffs and great solos throughout the album. Just checkout the ace lead guitar in 'Forever Lost' to know what I mean. The drums are also done very well on this album, managing to set the tempo of every song to fit the guitars and the mood perfectly.

Looking at the previous albums ("North From Here" and "Shadows Of The Past") and comparing them to "Amok", I think that it’s less technical and lighter but still better and more fun. Looking at the albums that came after this one, well, it just goes to show that things changed when Taneli left and they got Ville Laihiala to sing those trademark Gothic Rock songs. If this album is missing in your so-called "great" Death Metal collection you really should get off your butt and get it, you’ll thank me later.

-Pros
Great lead guitar and solos
Very 'Rock & Roll'
All over the place, but in a good way
Actually different and unique

-Cons
Production isn't perfect
Some people may dislike the vocals



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Crimson
July 13th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Advice is always appreciated

BallsToTheWall
July 13th 2007


44607 Comments


Have you heard of a band called poisonblack. I heard some of the members of sentenced formed it.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Cravinov13
July 13th 2007


3854 Comments


The lead singer is the only one I think. Sentenced is better then Poisonblack though.

SynGates
July 13th 2007


2467 Comments


I have no idea what you mean by "Rock & Roll". Wierd way to describe death metal vocals.

BallsToTheWall
July 13th 2007


44607 Comments


Lust Stained Despair is a pretty good cd from poisonblack. Catchy keyboardin hard rock. i agree not better than Sentenced though.

Cravinov13
July 13th 2007


3854 Comments


Funny story I indirectly know the girl on the front cover of LustStainedDespair.

Crimson
July 13th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@SynGates, I'm not 100% sure either, it's not the voice, its the delivery of the vocals, he shouts them out like someone in a Rock & Roll band would.

It's just the way I felt about them, my own opinion 'tis all.

kalkal50
July 13th 2007


2386 Comments


i will check this out even though i don't usually trust newb fanb0yz who try to implement their suicidal albums jk respect great review, but it just seems that if you really think this is a 5 there should've been more passion in your review, but oh wellThis Message Edited On 07.13.07

Crimson
July 13th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tried to make the review explain what the music sounded like and why it was good rather than just saying "OMG, THIS IS SO GUD! BUY IT LOL!!11!"

Glad you liked the review though

Confessed2005
July 14th 2007


3314 Comments


This sounds really interesting. I'll see if I can get my hands on it. Nice review.

kalkal50
July 14th 2007


2386 Comments


by rock and roll vocals, do you mean like falsettos or something?

Crimson
July 14th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've edited the rock and roll bit out, as it seemed to just confuse people more than anything. If you listen to some of the songs I think you may get what I was trying to say, maybe it's just me...

kalkal50
July 14th 2007


2386 Comments


I will when i get back right now i dont have access to downloading
I don't really think you can have death rock, they're both in completely different dimensions


Putrefaction
July 14th 2007


59 Comments


What about Swansong by Carcass, that's a "death 'n' roll" album along with later Entombed

kalkal50
July 14th 2007


2386 Comments


oh yeah

KILL
June 25th 2013


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rockin

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