I am going to start off by telling you the reader that if you like symphonic metal then Sanctorium’s “The Depths Inside” is worth a listen or 50.
The cover (cool artwork BTW) told me this album was going to be a little harder than your typical Symphonic Metal album and I was correct on that assumption. It was harder, but not nearly as hard as I expected, but harder, just not Death Metal hard. Geez… I hope that made some sense.
Daria Zhukova’s vocals are cold…. NO I do NOT mean that in a bad way, she’s an excellent vocalist who’s vocals come across as cold and dark on this album, based on the subject matter it’s fitting. Her vocals work perfectly for what they are doing with this album and go perfectly with Ivan Cornienko‘s growls. Together they make an excellent vocal combination. One I look forward to listening to much more into the future.
Admittedly I am not a big fan of guest vocalist, but in this case I will make a notable exception as my favorite track on the album has Max Morton (MORTON) featured on the track Dragonqueen. A Very powerful track where his bright and powerful vocals work well against Daria’s darker colder vocals.The other track with a guest vocalist “Maid of Lake” features Anastasia Simanskaya (Citadel) together these ladies tear the roof off, I’d love to see this track performed live.
Guitarists Alexey Sherbak and Alexandr Mutin are a strong combo, they work well… very well together and sound like they have been together forever. They can be as calm and sedate or they can shred with the best of them, when required.
Keyboardist Olga Gavrilova is clearly very talented and adds plenty to the Symphonic sound of the band.
Drummer Evgeniy Nosov and Bassist Ilya Wilks are a very strong and competent rhythm section and hold the bottom end without being lost in the shuffle. Nosov is an excellent drummer and his style comes across as pure power, he truly adds to the excitement. Wilks bass playing is sharp and you don’t have to worry about straining your ears to hear what he’s doing.
Overall: I would say this album is worth the price and I would definitely recommend it to any Symphonic Metal or even Power Metal fan. It’s very entertaining (most important) and isn’t an album you’ll get bored with after a listen or two. I can see myself listening to The Depths Inside 5 – 10 years from now.
Would I buy this album? Yes!!!!
On a scale of 1 – 5 I give this album a solid 4
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