Ames De Marbre
SADNESS was a pretty obscure band from Switzerland, active between 1989 and 1998. Their first of two albums, "Ames De Marbre“ originally released via Witchhunt Records, finally gets a proper rerelease via Dutch Vic Records. I never heard the album back in the days but remember the cover very well from our local CD store, which I used to visit nearly every day. Apart from my growing love for Death Metal, I was very much into all kinds of Gothic / Death Metal I could find. PARADISE LOST, MY DYING BRIDE, TIAMAT, ANATHEMA, PYOGENESIS and so on were spinning on heavy rotation in my player for the whole day so I guess "Ames De Marbre“ could have caught my attention as well. Somewhere between BATHORY, CELTIC FROST and THE CURE, SADNESS found their own style, which wasn’t either Gothic or Metal. Somewhere in the middle the guys from Switzerland found their little space and style and combined their Metal roots with a growing love for classic Gothic Rock. Especially THE CURE seems to be a pretty obvious influence as some of the classic guitars sound like the ones on "Disintegration“. The vocals are also not really Gothic or Metal, more desperate screams, some growls and some obscure whispers. The band managed to create a pretty mistique atmosphere with a lot of dark emotions. It takes a while to get into the album but once you managed that, a pretty nice release appears enriched by classic instruments like flute, violin and even a cello. Also female vocals appear occasionally and combine the best things of both Metal and Gothic to a pretty nice release. Especially the second track 'Lueurs‘ was on heavy rotation in my car as this is a really outstanding track. If you like the first PYOGENESIS output and THE CURE as well, it is worth to check this album. As bonus, Vic Records have included the first demos of the band, which are pretty raw and show the Metal roots of the band who started as CELTIC FROST and BATHORY worshippers. So if you are curious now, you can purchase the album via www.vicrecords.com.