Sentenced
The Cold White Light


5.0
classic

Review

by skeggjadr USER (7 Reviews)
September 7th, 2006 | 16 replies | 8,279 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Being mostly into black and thrash metal, Sentenced are the kind of band I’d usually avoid, playing pretty much straight forward rock music (with a slight metal edge to it), with song titles such as “Excuse Me While I Kill Myself”, “You Are The One” and “Her Last 5 Minutes”.

So why do I love this band so much?

They just have that certain “something” that you can’t explain. Yes the music is pretty simple and predictable, but there’s just something there that makes them… special. I first got into the band when I was searching for new metal bands to get my teeth into, and as soon as I heard Ville Laihiala’s vocals I was won over. He just has a great voice: with his deep, slightly distorted and obviously Scandinavian tone, he makes lyrics that I’d usually laugh at sound convincing and powerful.

So you might be thinking that they’re a pretty depressing bunch… but actually you can just listen to Sentenced and rock out, and that’s the great thing about them. Songs like “The Luxury Of A Grave” and “Excuse Me While I Kill Myself” have laughable lyrics, but are so simple and catchy that it’s just impossible for me to not sing along or headbang (they actually sound pretty heavy sometimes). I can just listen to these songs over and over again. On top of the solid songwriting, the production perfectly suits the music: each instrument is powerful and punches through, but they never drown each other out. The distorted guitars have a dirty, thick sound while the bass rumbles away underneath (and is particularly satisfying on the verse of "Neverlasting"), and the clean guitars just sound beautiful. There’s even some keyboards here and there but they blend in perfectly and don’t get in the way.

Of course when you’re actually upset or depressed then the songs seem much more relevant. I made the mistake of listening to the band while I was drunk and a bit down, and it actually made me feel worse, like I’d hit rock bottom. This is a testament to Sentenced’s ability to make the emotions in the music seem convincing. Laihiala can sing lyrics like “Hours like days, Weeks feel like years, Decades of tears yet somehow, Everything seems so worthwhile” without sounding pathetic and whiney or like he’s feeling sorry for himself.

My favourite songs would have to be the two faster ones, “Excuse Me While I Kill Myself” and “Neverlasting”, but there isn’t a bad song on here. Each song is different, from ballads like "Guilt And Regret" to straight forward arse kicking tracks like "The Luxury Of A Grave", they all have that Sentenced “touch”. The only complaint I have is those jungle sounds at the beginning of the opening instrumental “Konevitsan Kirkonkellot”… weird! I don't know what they were thinking there.

I suppose Sentenced are a band that some people feel are really special, and to others they’re just another average band. But for those who like them, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this album: thier best in my opinion. But then again they've never really made a bad album...



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loathed
September 7th 2006



174 Comments


I have some songs off here...

cross my heart and hope to die is an pretty okay song, i think theres a solo there that i like alot. quite alot of emotion.

i really like no one there...emotional and everything.

anyway, i doubt this is death metal right?

other than being a little too short, good job on the review

skeggjadr
September 7th 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Reviews always look so much longer when you're writing them lol. Oh well, I did my best... it was hard to explain what I love about this band.

No this isn't death metal, but the band's listed under death metal and they were originally a death band so...
This Message Edited On 09.07.06

Shattered_Future
September 7th 2006



1539 Comments


Your review needs a bit of work, but it's a solid effort. Just like this album. I don't think it merits a 5, but it has its moments.

Cravinov13
September 7th 2006



3854 Comments


WTF are they doing under death metal if they play straight forward rock?

loathed
September 7th 2006



174 Comments


they were death metal in their early albums, but shifted to a more rock sound towards the end of their careers. this album and the funeral album is essentially just heavy/hard rock

TheHamburgerman
July 13th 2007



1283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And an awesome hard rock CD it is!

No One There and You Are the One are incredible.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2008



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Neverlasting" is awesome.

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fireaboveicebelow
July 30th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hee hee I told you!!!

Willie
Moderator
July 30th 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Easily their best album since 'Down', and their death stuff is pretty good too.

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Altmer
February 24th 2009



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cross my heart and hope to die is so good

R6Rider
February 24th 2009



4491 Comments


Brief is the Light is probably my fave off this

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Altmer
February 24th 2009



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy

awesome

fuck

this shit is good

R6Rider
February 24th 2009



4491 Comments


yeah it is, if you havent already done so check out The Funeral Album

Altmer
February 24th 2009



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

actually more interested in earlier work but I will

fromtheinside
July 11th 2010



17714 Comments


not a good album. i don't understand why this has such a high rating.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2013



20007 Comments


I usually dislike "Gothic Metal" but I still quite like this band's later stuff for some reason.



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