Malediction (Listenable Records)
Malediction was recorded at long time producer/guitarist Dan Abela’s Legacy London Recordings Studios and this is SARAH JEZEBEL DEVA’s best sounding release to date as a solo artist. Since the last album, The Corruption of Mercy there have been a few changes to the band. Mainly with a new drummer, Damjan Stefanovic and guitarist Azz Inferno. Sarah and the rest of the band sound like they’ve been together forever. If this EP was done to showcase the new blood, then mission accomplished. The cohesiveness they have in such a short time is pretty damn impressive. It makes me mad it’s was just three songs, I’m left chomping at the bit, wanting more.
On “Lies Define Us” SOILWORK front man BJORN ‘SPEED’ STRID joins the mix for a wonder performance. When he kicks in on the second verse, their voices compliment and blend together very well. With Damjans choice grooves on the chorus, Sarah and Speed sound phenomenal. It is probably my second favorite stalker-y song after DANZIG’s “Stalker song”. Martin Powell on keyboards (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH) does a fine job adding extra atmosphere to this whole project.
“When “It Catches Up With You” is the lone track sans guests. Sarah shines like, well a diva with her vast index of vocal ranges. Her style of singing comes off compelling and engaging. It’s more like she is a storyteller than just a vocalist. Bassist AblaZ has a pulsing presence underneath the melody, provided by Sarah. I can see a lot of people doing the Gothic two-step to this track at some nightclub somewhere.
With “This Is My Curse” another former CRADLE OF FILTH band mate and mastermind DANI FILTH, lend this vile vocals for this duet. It’s pretty awesome to hear their usual dynamic flipped around. With her on lead vocals, it’s really nice to hear them together again after a few years apart. The harmonies they pull off are some evil sounding wails. One second I feel I should be in a black robe surrounded by black candles and the next, covered in spikes ready to burn something down.
Lyrically, this is so accessible to anyone with a heart, it’s almost scary. The songs are all about various stages of love, but they don’t come off as cheesy or annoying. This is an EP of pure enjoyment. It is highly listenable, pun intended. If you’re one of the people who do not like female singers in metal, it’s your loss. I want to get my passport and go see SJD and her band live.
by Ojayy Cordy