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Sentenced: Buried Alive
I admit that it seem as though we are overrun by live concert recordings these days and while some of them are incredible efforts that bring the show right to your home there are few like this particular release by the band Sentenced. The reason for my view on this is based on the fact that this album not only captures a killer live concert from the legendary Gothic Metal group, but their very last performance as a band ever. That alone makes it something a little more important as this is more a historic performance than anything else and a release like this are few and far between. Formed in 1989, Sentenced chose to call it a career in 2005 with their final studio recording The Funeral Album – this was the bands public suicide note and a truly impressive album. This CD release comes to fans at the same time as a DVD film from the same performance which is just loaded with bonus features that make it the more worthwhile purchase if you ask me. The concert in audio alone is wonderful to have mainly if you are not quite moved by videos of these things and don't really need to see what happened. The recording was done in the bands hometown Oulu and it features a tremendous selection from their entire history as a group. A healthy amount of The Funeral Album is presented and this was to be expected given it is the final taste of the band in the studio but the unexpected treat would be the return of the bands first singer Taneli Jarva. The singer joins the band onstage once again and does a handful of songs from when he fronted the group. Musically this is a tight and energetic release and showcases just how good everyone in the band was when they did their thing in the live setting. The performance is spot on and the band shows they are full of life instead of acting tired and giving a lackluster show for their final gig. There is a little of something for everyone who loves Gothic Metal on this release. Ville, Miika, Sami, Sami and Vesa were the nucleus of music that inspired bands like HIM and The Rasmus, and this CD allows fans to pay their last respects one final time before the casket is lowered into the ground. The intended purpose of this Dark Gothic Metal band has completed and its members have moved on. May they Rest in Peace.
1. Funeral Intro
2. Where Waters Fall Frozen
3. May Today Become The Day
6. The Rain Comes Falling Down
8. Sun Won't Shine
9. Dead Moon Rising
10. Despair-Ridden Hearts
12. The Suicider/Excuse Me While I Kill Myself
13. The War Ain't Over
15. Northern Lights
16. The Way I Wanna Go
17. Dance On The Graves
19. Aika Multaa Muistot (Everything Is Nothing)
21. No One There
22. Drown Together
23. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die
24. Brief Is The Light
25. Vengeance Is Mine
26. End Of The Road
Added: January 27th 2007
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Sentenced Website
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Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-01-27 09:01:08
Musically speaking, Buried Alive, the final live show from Sentenced, recorded in 2005 in their hometown of Oulu, Finland, is a solid affair, a 2CD set that sees the band riping through many of their best songs from througout their career. They even have both Sami Lopakka and original singer Taneli Jarva for this historic event, so how could they go wrong? Well, the main gripe I have here is that both Lopakka and Jarva sound horrible on this set, and are both mixed so high that they practically drown out the rest of the band. Both singers are often out of key and just seeming to struggle to deliver the goods here, sounding stained and gravelly often, that you have to wonder just what happened. Did they partake in a little too much alcohol before the gig? Who knows. Whatever the reason, it's hard to listen to them, and that's a shame, as the rest of the band delivers bone crunching renditions of so many good songs from the Sentenced repertoire.
Sentenced were a highly influential band on the extreme and gothic metal scene for many years, and it's a shame that Buried Alive couldn't have been a more positive send off statement from them. The intentions were there, and Century Media has done a great job in packaging this thing (there's also a companion DVD out as well), but overall hardcore fans will no doubt be shocked at the sloppy vocals here.
Give this a 4 for the music, and a 2 for the less than acceptable vocals.
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