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Skypho: Same Old Sin

Skypho is a Portuguese alternative metal band. Same Old Sin is their latest and most ambitious project to date. The album was recorded by Ivo Magalhães at Uncle Rock Studios and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden. The band consists of Hugo Sousa and José Vidal, on guitar; Carlos Tavares, provides the vocals and acoustic guitar; Hugo Oliveira, plays percussion; Ricardo Fontoura, on drums; and Ricardo Aguiar, on bass.

After some quiet electric guitar strumming, on the opening track, s.d.s. along with heavy bass and strings, the full power of this band and album are opened up with Sleeping in the Monster's Bed, a full out gallop of power chords, heavy bass and drumming, before Tavares' vocals scream out, "This is war! Is this what you want?" Just a sample of what to expect on this powerful album that takes no prisoners. This is heavy music with no apologies or excuses.

After that initial heavy opening the band settles down musically into more of a Porcupine Tree meets Soundgarden sound. Some of the tracks are sung in Portuguese providing their own uniqueness to the mix. However, Tavares' vocals continue their rage and screaming power.

A última caminhada opens with didgeridoo and an Eastern vibe, mixed well with rap like vocals, before the screaming begins again. It is probably the most interesting track on the album.

Spirit is another standout track with its excellent acoustic and then electric lead guitar set to Latin drums and regular vocals. The guitar strumming and chord – work is the best on the album. However, the screaming returns to disrupt the great sound that was building. The drum – work on this track and the entire album is fantastic.

Jungle Syndrome opens well with cool drums and percussion, then didgeridoo. Another of the best tracks on the album.

White Bird, with addition of "Diana" on vocals, is another stand out track.

If you like in your face vocal screaming set to power rock guitar chords, with heavy bass and drums, you'll like this album.

Track Listing: 01 s.d.s
02 Sleeping in the Monster's Bed
03 A última caminhada
04 My insomina
05 Your love, my cage, my prison, my rage
06 Spirit
07 Nowhere Neverland
08 Demon's party
09 Darkness of the soul
10 My last words
11 Re_nasce
12 Jungle syndrome
13 White bird

Added: January 24th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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