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3.74 | 40 ratings

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3 stars Power metal. Power metal. Power metal. Repetition ad infinitum metal: 6/10

While the previous release defined SIGH as a musical omnibus of avant-garde black metal rather than just a (progressive) black metal band, this one pretty much scrubbed "black" from their sonority... and "avant-garde" too. GALLOWS GALLERY comes right after SIGH's untouchable magnum opus IMAGINARY SONISCAPE, and apparently, those guys were on a creative shortage, even after four years of rest. It's pretty much a power metal, but on SIGH's way - more complex and less neoclassical than the genre stereotypically suggest - without any traces of blackness nor experimentality. Good ole' power. Now, this wouldn't be a problem if not that all tracks sound virtually the same. I found interesting how the ending of each song featured the riff of the next one as some sort of bridge, but there's really LITTLE difference between the tracks. They're all on the same tempo, with similar melodies, similar riffs, similar feels. I have never listened to an album that sounds so much like blatant copy-paste before. That doesn't take away the enjoyability - which is guaranteed because it's so fun, I myself listened to it several times - but it does disappoint many that views SIGH as a visionary powerhouse. At one hand, they refused to accept sameness, once again opting to shift their style, like a chameleon does. But that isn't enough to excuse them from the lack of creativity and variation.

I mentioned it's fun. However, to quote Mirai:

"Some people say that our late stuff sounds happy, but I have never ever had the intention to express happy feelings in any way. My motivation as a musician is always negative things. I can't write any happy songs, probably because I am a negative person to the bone..."

Luqueasaur | 3/5 |


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