Beautiful Sin
The Unexpected

Release date: May 19th 2006
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Melodic Power Metal

Rating: 76/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: April 16th 2006

The history of Beautiful Sin goes back to 2002, when Uli Kusch (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) produced a demo CD for an underground band from Belgium fronted by Magali Luyten. The band broke up, and when Uli in 2004 came up with the concept and ideas to make something on his own with a female vocalist, then the answer was starring him in the face, and Beautiful Sin was born.

Joining Uli and Magali in this all-star project is Jorn Viggo Lofstad (guitars) and Steiner Krokmo (bass) from Norwegian progressive metal band: Pagan's Mind as well as Axel Mackenrott (keyboards, Masterplan), so the technical level is set in stones, and they prove throughout the album that they are all very talented and skilful musicians.

But how do you get away from the typical "metal band with female vocals"-thing? Well first off all that's impossible in metal today if you choose a female vocalist, but Beautiful Sin has concentrated on writing strong melodic songs, they have wisely stayed away from big choruses and big pompous songs. The result is a solid piece of melodic and powerful metal, which I at first though was just OK. But given a few more spins, this actually turned out to be a good album...

Magali has a strong and charismatic voice, and she steers wisely away from all of Tarja's etc. of the metal scene, the drumming is outstanding, and Jorn Viggo throws in some excellent guitar work, so do give them a chance, I do think they deserve that much!

Recommended tracks: "Lost", "The Spark of Ignition", "Metalwaves" & "Beautiful Sin".