Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

From Austria comes the symphonic progressive metal band Siren’s Cry. Their debut album is called “Scattered Horizons” and it features 9-songs and over 50-minutes of progressive rock/metal with healthy doses of melody and symphonic metal thrown in for good measure. Siren’s Cry is fronted by the wonderfully expressive lead vocals of Katie Joanne. She’s got an outstanding voice that engulfs us in a variety of styles and nuances. Musically the closest comparison I can think of is Epica; the band infuses their songs with choir based background vocals as well as Dream Theatre style prog along with heavier, classic metal style riffs. It all works quite well throughout the debut. Siren’s Cry mixes up shorter 4-5 minute long tracks with more epic 7-10 minute numbers. The opening intro “Introitus” kicks things off and then leads us into the powerful “S3V3N”, which is a great way to begin things. Some of the longer tracks also happen to be my favorites, especially the closing 9-minute number “A Controversial Mind”. The almost 10-minute “Sahara Sagas Pt. I” is also really well done, opening with a keyboard intro, before some shredding guitar joins in. Other highlights include: “Oratory & Sins”, “Elegy of R’lyeh” and “Draconian Spectrum”. Siren’s Cry put on an impressive display and “Scattered Horizons” is a debut that was more than satisfying.

Rating – 88/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Introitus
  2. S3V3N
  3. Oratory & Sins
  4. Elegy of R’lyeh
  5. Draconian Spectrum
  6. Cold Amber & Scalding Tears
  7. Sahara Sagas pt. I
  8. Serpents of War
  9. A Controversial Mind

Line Up

  • Katie Joanne – Vocals
  • Phillip R. Porter – Guitars
  • Michael A. Siskov – Keyboards
  • Sören Skupien – Bass
  • Frederic Brünner – Drums

 

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