Sencirow is a German power metal band playing speedy riffs, hammering drums, forceful guitars, stomping bass, and a great singer that sounds like Peavy from Rage. Their songs are characterized by melodic arrangements, some US-style thrash riffage, and excellent twin guitar harmonies.
Perception of Fear is the band's third album. They put out two self-released records, Dreamscape and Crown of Creation, before they managed to catch some attention, one of them being a funny incident when the band started throwing promo copies on stage during an Iron Maiden show in Vienna. Needless to say, their years of dedication and hard work paid off when they were signed to AFM Records, releasing their first international debut. Generic, happy Euro power metal this is not. On the contrary, Sencirow knows how to assemble material that both rocks hard with relentless riffs that are fiercely thrown at you and stuff that has lots of melodic content. Daniel Seifert's aggressive vocal lines are a bit like earlier Rage, particularly on the more midtempo rocker "Insidious Dimensions", complete with great drumming and a strong bass foundation. Actually, the album makes a fast start after a short acoustic intro, delving into the depths of US power metal with "Burn It Down", a song that sticks in your mind for its infectious chorus and speed-of-light kicks drums, not to mention the fast soloing. Coming next is an equally masterful power metal anthem, "Connection of Evil", which also displays the band's ear for melody and the singer's impressive screams that complement the outrageous twin guitar unison. Killer riffs are aplenty on "Fear" while "Wargames" is the answer to instrumental Euro power metal during its long intro. It begins with acoustic guitars but then wastes no time delving initially into Smolski-like blues licks and ending with face-ripping, thrashy guitar chords. It's only then when the vocals are introduced to the mix and the song concludes in a typical power metal fashion.
Sencirow have made a good start with Perception of Fear. This is worth checking out if you're a fan of bands like Iron Maiden, Rage, Iron Saviour, and Gamma Ray's Land of the Free period.
- Burn It Down
- Connection of Evil
- Insidious Dimensions
- Keeper of Souls
- Secret Thoughts