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Sub Rosa - No Help For the Mighty Ones

Travis Fry   (128 reviews)

Posted: 03/21/2011 | Comments: 1 | Rate:

SubRosa is a female fronted doom metal band. They have been together since 2004 and this is their third studio album.

The opening track is a slow sludge-y/ doom-y feel with a female singer. It is a decent opening track but it wasn't until the second track where I really started getting into it. Its an eight minute track of super doom, again with the female but in parts it has a "death growl" by another female and a male. They have two violinists in their line-up which make the music feel a bit orchestral. It is definitely a good thing on this record.

The singer sings her parts quite competently. She sounds on key and her voice has an echo or reverb sound to it. Her voice definitely fits the music.

Only one of the songs really stuck out. "House Carpenter" is an accapella song with vocals from all three females in the band singing. Really great song and definitely a highlight. It really felt like a closing track and would have been a better way to end the album. Instead you get an eight minute song that is slightly more upbeat in parts than most of the album. It just feels tacked on as it sounds like the rest of the album.

The songs all kind of bleed together except with the acappella song being a sort of intermission for the last song. In this instance I don't think it was such a bad thing as each song is different so it really feels like a cohesive piece of work or a really long ever changing song.

This album is well put together and is very enjoyable. Normally I am not a huge fan of this genre but they have caught me off guard and I can see this getting put in every so often. Definitely a worthwhile listen.

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there's already an older band named Sub Rosa. from the mid 90's.

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