The Sterling Sisters – “Hale” (2013)


Label: Pesanta Urfolk

Review by Luisa Mercier

The Sterling Sisters are one of those bands that cannot go unnoticed. I never heard of them before, but as soon as I started listening I was captured. They propose an intruguing mixture of gothic rock and American folk, that I have really learned to appreciate over the last two years. The title track is very representative of the whole record somehow: pounding rhytms, dark mood, male vocals (courtesy of George Cessna) backed by the fascinating female choirs of Scout Paré-Phillips“Last Run” in entirely entrusted to female vocals and it is a gloomy, mysterious ballad that will bring you straight to one of haunted houses that populate so many stories written two centuries ago.

Somehow I would see these tracks fit for movie score, since some of them really have an epic edge, like for example the instrumental parts in “Shallow Blood”. Overall it is an album worth having, especially lovers of gothic metal, the old good one, may find something attractive in these tracks. I did.

Rating – 80/100



  1. Prologue
  2. Hale
  3. Raised You in the West
  4. Dead Dogs
  5. Last Run
  6. Shallow Blood
  7. Country Love
  8. Dive
  9. Heaven
  10. Red &White Beauty


Line Up

  • George Cessna – Vocals, Guitar
  • Scout Paré-Phillips – Vocals, Bass
  • Andrew Haas – Banjo
  • Eric Paltell – Pedal steel, guitar
  • Corey Hughes – Drums


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