my most favourite (metal) band ever are sentenced. founded in muhos, finland, they started as a death metal band in 1989, and continued their journey through various styles of metal before reaching their end in 2005 with the release of their funeral album. i decided to write two posts on sentenced, beginning with their early work. if you prefer gothic metal and don’t like death metal, better wait for part ii which i will probably finish tomorrow.
the first song i want to present is from their first album, shadows of the past. descending curtain of death is a midtempo melodic death metal piece.
their second album is north from here, from which i want to present the song northern lights. another piece of melodic death metal, including very beautiful and slow parts as well as aggressive, fast parts. something i still have to do is to travel to northern finland during winter, sit down into the snow during night, watch northern lights dancing at the sky, and listen to this song.
the third song is from their album amok, the last full album with their singer taneli jarva, who left the band and later founded the black league. the song nepenthe, a melodic balad, also resulted in a music video, in fact the first one by sentenced. here it is:
after the release of amok, sentenced produced an ep called love & death, the last result featuring taneli. from this ep i want to present the song love and death, one of my favourite sentenced songs. fast paced, it is a beautiful, yet sad song about two main themes of sentenced, namely suicide and love. “love and death… go hand in hand once more.”
finally, here’s an interesting death metal piece which was only released in 2008, though it was recorded already in 1994, but not taken onto amok.