Reviewed by Matt Anderson
Towne Cryer's 'Death By Sin' release has the potential of being a good album, provided we still lived in the early '90's! Unfortunately, the novelty of thrash metal with a growling female vocalist has long worn off. Admittedly, there is nothing overtly wrong with the songs, it's just they are all a little past their sell-by date. The heavy guitar riffs and catchy vocal melodies are reminiscent of early Ransom, but definitely without the quality production. Often good professional production and appropriate producer guidance can either eliminate or compensate for weaknesses in certain tracks. Unfortunately in 'Death By Sin' the production is poor. The weak phrases, slightly off timing and often hollow sounding guitars become a little unbearable. However, there are, like on most albums, high points. These such points are found in the first track, "Son", the sixth track, "Eyes Are The Window", and the last track, "Always There". The best song is without a doubt the ballad "Always There". The only thing that puzzles me though is that it seems as though the last song is from a completely different band! The vocalist for once sounds like a woman and the guitars have a far more alternative tone to them. As it turns out Gena MacClure has an extremely original voice (perfectly suited to the softer, darker music - almost the Cranberries' style). Her voice put in front of the correct music could generate a definite winner. I suppose likewise, if the instrumentalists had a different vocalist their style might have more success. The bargain price of this CD might attract a few purchasers but don't be expecting a gem.
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