Heidi Parviainen continues the story of DARK SARAH on her second full length album. Again, she financed the production via crowdfunding, but this time she did a campaign to fund the full album. This time, she also worked with guest musicians – Manuela Kraller, who sings the same character as on previous album “Behind The Black Veil”, Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN) and Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto.
You can read the story on the band’s homepage, but here it is just in short: DARK SARAH‘s soul was taken to an island where the banished souls are imprisoned after she died with the evil tree. Now she tries to escape and therefore needs to solve a puzzle.
“The puzzle” not only continues the story of DARK SARAH’s first album, the music doesn’t disappoint.
We know and love Heidi’s voice and again she put much love into the details. The orchestra is impressive and collaborates well with the metal music parts. There are also choirs right in the first song ‘Island in the mist’ – and right from the beginning we can hear Heidi’s clear soprano.
The second song ‘Little Men’ is my personal favourite with its really nice refrain and a good drive. There is also a video online for this one. The guitars play the main role in this one without leaving the orchestra behind. My second favourite is ‘For The Birds’ – a song that invites you to dream, Heidi singing with a very light voice and high notes.
‘Dance With The Dragon’ is a dialogue between DARK SARAH and Juha-Pekka in the style of a tango. Juha first sings with a dirty voice just to join Heidi in her operatic style in the chorus. ‘Aquarium’ is the song with Charlotte and – yes! – we hear her growl! Not all the time but she puts good accents into the vocals. The song itself is really fast and so this fits very well. The song changes tempo and plays with emotions throughout – bittersweet!
In the last song ‘Rain’, we hear Manuela singing – a ballad to close the story, more than 6 minutes long. The two sopranos sing a beautiful duet and DARK SARAH manages to leave the island.
DARK SARAH – “The Puzzle” Tracklist
02. Island In The Mist
03. Little Men
04. Ash Grove
05. For The Birds
06. Deep and Deeper
07. Dance With The Dragon (feat. JP Leppäluoto(
09. Aquarium (feat. Charlotte Wessels)
10. Rain (feat. Manuela Kraller)
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