The cover of the second full-length CD from Finland's Lullacry features an extremely sexy image of tattooed, blond bombshell singer Tanya (just Tanya, thank you very much) flipping listeners the bird with her right hand, which is strategically positioned immediately below the crevice of her ample cleavage. Yowza!
That image sets the tone for Be My God, a kick-ass, take-no-prisoners collection of 11 tracks that combine the dark lyrics of gothic metal with modern-day downtuned guitars and classic hair-metal power chords. Tanya, whose voice recalls that of progressive-symphonic high priestess Lana Lane, sings better than most of mainstream rock's female vocalists — including that other blond bombshell, No Doubt's Gwen Stefani — and her sultry yet tough voice grabs listeners by the balls on tunes like the desperate "Embrace Me," the gutsy title track and the pissed-off groove-heavy "Damn You." Meanwhile, Tanya shows her gentle side on the ballads "Into Your Heart" and "I Don't Mind," which both still manage to rock almost as hard as the rest of the record's material.
But Tanya's bandmates — guitarists Sami Vauhkonen and Sauli Kivilahati, bass player Heavy and drummer Jukka Outinen — deserve credit for keeping Be My God on course and not allowing it to deteriorate into gothic or extreme dreck. And Vauhkonen's crisp production makes great music sound even better. Be My God is not your typical metal album, and that's why it should fit comfortably filed next to The Gathering, Lacuna Coil or even Heart. Imagine that.