Sarah Jezebel Deva
A Sign of Sublime
Style: Atmospheric Epic Metal
Release date: February 15th 2010

After a very filmish soundtrack-like intro the up-tempo title song opens the CD with heavy riffing. Sarah's clean and high vocals immediately catch your attention. Her opera kind of- style can be compared with the ones used in many female gothic bands. The music however isn't gothic, o.k. sometimes there are some links, but in general the songs are heavier.

Sarah is best known for her singing on Cradle of Filth albums, some Therion records and for insiders her own band Angtoria. On her first solo album she has invited Dave Pybus (int. al. Cradle of Filth), Martin Powell (int. al. Anathema, My Dying Bride, Cradle of Filth, Type O Negative) and Max Blumos (int. al. Trigger the Bloodshed) to play the instruments needed. Besides Sarah they put a big stamp on this record too. With these experienced musicians the instrumental parts are well played and very tight.

Variety is a word that fits to this record like a glove. Together with co-writer Ken Newman she has created the songs on this album. It's all there: Heavy, epic, classical, atmospheric, sincere and touching well arranged songs. Sometimes I hear Sarah wriggling to get the good notes, she sometimes sings a bit false. She has not the reach and power of the really top female singers (Sharon den Adel, Tarja Turunen and Simone Simons), but with some singing lessons, this might only be a matter of time.

This first solo record from Sarah Jezebel Deva is one that will find its lovers. Heavy epic soundtrack metal would be a description that could be used, although it doesn't cover the cargo completely.


01. Genesis (intro)

02. A Sign of Sublime

03. She Stands Like Stone

04. The Devils Opera

05. They Called Her Lady Tyranny

06. The Road To Nowhere

07. Your Woeful Chair

08. A Newborn Failure

09. Daddy's Not Coming Home

Label: Rising Records
Distribution: Plastic Head
Promotion: Gordeon Music Promotion
Reviewed by:

Reinier de Vries

Date: January 22nd 2010