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SJD To Continue ANGTORIA Project

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 25th December 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

On Christmas Eve, Sarah Jezebel Deva announced that she and Chris Rehn [Co-founding member & co-song writer of Angtoria] will be continuing from where Angtoria left off some five years ago. According to the update, the project will follow in the same vein as “God Has A Plan For Us All”. The full update reads as followed:

Chris Rehn & Sarah Jezebel Deva, both founding members & songwriters of the band Angtoria, will be continuing where Angtoria left off some 5 years ago. The music will continue in the same vein as “God Has A Plan For Us All”, blending the world of epic IMG_4433orchestral music with metal, HOWEVER!, we sadly have to change the name due to reasons beyond our control. Writing for the new album will start in January and of course, we will update you with the new name & our progress.

In other SJD related news, Sarah also announced that she will be working with her former band, Cradle of Filth, on the orchestral album “Midnight In The Labyrinth”. Sarah stated the following in her the update on her official Facebook:

In 2008, I parted ways with COF, to pursue a life in Australia, bum some Kangaroos & to go it alone as a solo musician. I know a lot of fans were disappointed with the departure & until now, when ever a fan asks “Will you ever work with COF again”?, the answer has been NO!! Well, last week, Mr Filth sent me an email & after many chats, I have decided to take him up on his offer to participate on the new Orchestral album “Midnight In The Labyrinth”

For more updates and news about Sarah Jezebel Deva, head on over to her official Facebook page. Don’t forget that SJD will be touring the UK again in May. Dates will be announced in January. SJD’s latest album “The Corruption Of Mercy” is also available through Listenable Records.

Don’t forget to read our interview with SJD’s bassist, Ablaz, by clicking here.

Photo by David Taylor.

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Sarah Jezebel Deva W/Support @ Ringside, Hull [Live Review]

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 23rd October 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bands: Sarah Jezebel Deva, Pastel Jack, XIII, Our Innocence Lost & Heartless Angels
Location: The Ringside, Kingston Upon Hull
Date: 22nd October

The Hull show for SJD’s UK tour was left in turmoil due to unprofessionalism from the original promoter. Fortunately enough, The Ringside’s manager, Music HQ and the tour manager were able to sort things out, allowing for the show to go ahead as originally planned. The first band of the night were none other than Hull’s newest band “Heartless Angels”. A lot in the crowd were wondering how they got onto the bill as they didn’t seem to be the type of band that would usually open up for SJD. Heartless Angels set was very alternative-meets-punk sounding but two things made their set disappointing. The first was the lack of energy from the band, none of them seemed to move around on stage or seemed to be enjoying themselves – Aside from the guitarist. The second thing was the generic sound of the music, as it sounded like the band have taken too much of a sound from their influences to the point where there isn’t any uniqueness to their music. Aside from that, they were a good opening band.

XIII were the second band on the bill and as to be expected they entertained the crowd with their thrash-like riffs, aggressive drumming and charismatic stage presence. After XIII, alternative-hardcore quartet Our Innocence Lost took to the stage keeping the energy flowing from XIII’s set. OIL put on one hell of a show, keeping everyone entertained with their brilliantly composed music and strong vocals. They were the best act of the night – Aside from SJD. The main support for the gig was, oddly enough, Sarah Jezebel Deva which did confuse a lot of people as it was originally planned for her to be the headliner. Sarah stated that it was for the best and earlier in the night she had said she was ill, but hearing her sing her heart on stage, no one would have even know she was ill. Some of the highlights of her set included “God Has A Plan For Us All” [From the Angtoria album of the same name], “The World Won’t Hold Your Hand” and “I’m Calling”. SJD’s bassist looked to be enjoying himself as well on stage as he helped keep the crowd entertained and the two guitarists helped out with entertaining the crowd as well. Sarah and the band lived well up the expectations of the crowd and then some. Hopefully, SJD will consider hitting Hull again on the next tour!

The headliner for the night were Hull-based Pastel Jack though by the time they got to the stage, the crowd has seriously thinned out as a lot of the audience had come just to see SJD. However, Pastel Jack still put on a great performance with the frontman keeping constant interaction with the crowd during and in between songs. For the most part, it was a seriously enjoyable night though some were disappointed that SJD wasn’t the headliner. The highlights of the night were definitely SJD’s and OIL’s performance.

Nico Davidson

Sarah Jezebel Deva – The Corruption of Mercy [2011]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 12th July 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Sarah Jezebel Deva
Album: The Corruption Of Mercy
Release year: 2011
Genre: Symphonic Metal/Gothic Metal

Sarah Jezebel Deva, well known for her work with bands such as Cradle Of Filth, Therion, Mortiis and Angtoria, is certainly one of the most impressive vocalists within the Gothic Metal and Symphonic Metal communities. Following the success of “A Sign Of Sublime”, Sarah is back with her second solo album “The Corruption Of Mercy”.

”No Paragon Of Virtue” starts the album with an electro-symphonic introduction which is soon replaced by a brutalising guitar section combined with a dramatic orchestrated section. The vocals, as expected, are strong, powerful and immense. The orchestrated medleys blend well with the heavy barrage of drums guitars and bass. “No Paragon Of Virtue” certainly leaves the listener wanting to hear more. “The World Won’t Hold Your Hand” follows after. The intro, for a few short seconds, sounds to be a very slow, calm medley but turns out to be the calm before a terrorising and violent guitar section. The drums are precise to the beat working well alongside the guitar and bass. The orchestration can only be described as epic. Again, the vocals are powerful, which is to be expected. The guitar solo, however, completes the track, making it one of the best on the album.

The third track, “A Matter Of Convenience” starts with a more softer riff compared to “No Paragon of Virtue” and “The World Won’t Hold Your Hand” and it is more synth-heavy as well. The vocals match the softness very well, bringing a very solemn feel to the track. The drum and guitar sections are well composed. “Silence Please” comes next with a very dark, symphonic intro, setting a very tense and dramatic atmosphere for the listener. The vocals sound eerie alongside the orchestration which adds to the tense atmosphere. Unfortunately, the guitars and drums are faded to begin with, struggling to make themselves heard. As the track progresses the guitars and drums can be heard more and more, fortunately.

Like the previous album, “The Corruption Of Mercy” also features a cover. This time the cover is a song called “Zombies”, originally by “The Cranberries”. It is a brilliant cover and Sarah has worked well to make it sound like her own. “Pretty With Effects” follows after being entirely composed of a beautiful piano medley combined with some very impressive vocal work. It certainly is a perfect example of Sarah’s vocal talent. “What Lies Before You” is the only interlude on the track, bringing a touch of eeriness to the album with its orchestration and choirs.

”Sirens” begins with an aggressive and somewhat violently fast paced riff. The drums are precise and intelligently played, while the vocals are still going strong and the guitar sections are most impressive. The second to last track is “The Eyes That Lie”. The intro is different to the rest of the album, beginning with a barrage of double bass pedals and vocals. The track eventually turns heavier with the introduction of a more bloodthirsty guitar riff. However, this track seems lacking compared to the rest of the album. The final track, which is also the title track, “The Corruption Of Mercy” begins with a heavy yet calm intro. The vocals are still going strong and the drums are as good as they have been on the rest of the album. The use of a piano and vocal section about half way through is both unexpected and brilliant. The track does go back to being heavy, which is fortunate for those who prefer heavy riffage compared to calm medleys. “The Corruption Of Mercy” is a perfect end for the album.

It’s clear that Sarah Jezebel Deva has been able to establish her own sound since leaving Cradle of Filth and this album is proof of that. It mixes her wide vocal range and talent with an immense mix of Gothic and Symphonic Metal to create a masterpiece of an album. Hopefully, there will be more releases from Sarah in the near future.

5/5

Nico Davidson