Beautiful Sin: The Unexpected-2006.

Beautiful Sin:Proggressive Melodic Power Metal from Norway and Germany.


The UnexpectedFull-length2006
Steinar Krokmo
Bass (2004-?)
See also: Pagan’s MindTrivial Act, Dimension Infinite, ex-Dimension F3H
Uli Kusch
Drums (2004-?)
See also: ex-Axe la Chapelle, ex-Ride the Sky, ex-Shock Machine, ex-Gamma Ray, ex-Helloween, ex-Holy Moses, ex-Masterplan, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Joker, ex-Roland Grapow, ex-Symfonia, ex-Issa, ex-Last Union, ex-Mumble-Bäh
Jørn Viggo Lofstad
Guitars (2004-?)
See also: Pagan’s MindJorn (live), Northward
Axel Mackenrott
Keyboards (2005-?)
See also: Masterplan, ex-Ela, ex-Gamma Ray (live)
Magali Luyten
Vocals (2005-2006)
See also: ex-Spirittales, ex-Virus IV, Akoustik Thrill, Lyra, Master of Waha, The Prize, ex-Nightmare, ex-Beyond the Bridge (live), ex-Ethernity (live), ex-Over Us Eden
Carl Johan Grimmark
Guitars (2006-?)
See also: GrimmarkNarniaRob RockPlanet Alliance, ex-Fires of Babylon, ex-Sentinel, Flagship, Hardcore Circus, Jerusalem, Modest Attraction, ex-Saviour Machine, ex-Fullforce, ex-System Breakdown
1.Lost04:52  Show lyrics
2.This Is Not the Original Dream03:47  Show lyrics
3.Take Me Home03:36  Show lyrics
4.I’m Real03:54  Show lyrics
5.The Spark of Ignition04:36  Show lyrics
6.Closer to My Heart03:44  Show lyrics
7.Give Up Once for All04:24  Show lyrics
8.Brace for Impact03:37  instrumental
9.Pechvogel (Unlucky Fellow)03:40  Show lyrics
10.Metalwaves05:29  Show lyrics
11.The Beautiful Sin04:36  instrumental

One thought on “Beautiful Sin: The Unexpected-2006.

  1. hells_unicorn, March 5th, 2012

    My biggest gripe about super bands (among others of course) is that they don’t really have much in the way of longevity. This is unfortunately primarily because the clashing of egos that goes into a given multi-star project can create some pretty interesting music. Fresh off a stint through most of the 90s with Helloween and a short-lived collaboration with his former band mate from said band Roland Grapow, Uli Kusch embarked on the first of what would be many single album ventures with various groups of established names, as if trying to compete with Chitty Somapala and Mike Terrana over who could be the biggest session musician whore to be frequently considered a full time member at the time.

    Among the better of Uli’s several projects since his 2005 split with Masterplan is Beautiful Sin, a seeming one time only affair that brought him into collaboration with 2 familiar names from Pagan’s Mind, resulting in an album that sounds pretty close to a perfect 50/50 hybrid of said band’s work and 90s post-Kiske Helloween. It has that mixture of 80s mainline rock characteristics that was common to later 80s Queensryche, particularly in keyboard usage and general atmosphere, along with a shot of up-tempo grooving that is more a staple of German power metal. To put it another way, this is along similar lines to that of Ride The Sky, but a bit more adventurous.

    While all members in congress are top notch musicians, the one who actually steals most of the show is vocalist Magali Luyten, whose work is the only that I am not immediately familiar with. Breaking ranks with all of the operatically influenced types that started pouring into the scene after the success of Nightwish and Dark Moor, but also the somewhat pop diva-like character of the gothic scene, her voice exudes a rugged, gravely feel that is more in line with an old-guard heavy metal vocalist along the lines of Doro Pesch. This vocal quality provides an interesting contrast from the very smooth and sleek character of the music, which has a pretty heavy keyboard presence and a processed guitar and drum sound that sets this band apart from most other female fronted bands that go the traditional metal route or the symphonic one.

    Perhaps the only thing that kind of holds this thing back a bit is that a lot of the material comes off as an afterthought to Uli’s previous works. Indeed, the lead off song “Lost” is a revamped version of a Helloween song off “The Dark Ride”, and although Magali’s voice is a world away from Andi Deris and the production is less bottom heavy, it’s not hard to hear where the riffs and melody came from. But the parallels don’t end there, as “Take Me Home” and “I’m Real” get dangerously close to outright reliving some of the material on the Masterplan debut. The influence of Jørn Lofstad’s guitar tone tempers the familiarity factor a bit, but largely leads slower progressive infused songs like “The Spark Of Ignition” and “Brace For Impact” a heavy dose of “Enigmatic: The Calling” characteristics, which is further bolstered by a good number of quirky techno keyboard elements.

    Anyone who has followed the power and progressive sub-genre of metal to any extent, but particularly those who have taken a liking to Lance King’s various projects or that of current Pagan’s Mind should look into this album as a slightly simpler alternative to what they normally consumer. It’s more traditional than it is progressive, but it is definitely a bit more adventurous than the typical power metal outfits that Uli has been involved with. Maybe one day when Mr. Kusch gets tired of releasing single albums with different name monikers on them he’ll get this flock back together and put out another album. Yeah, and maybe I’ll get a reservation on the first moon base.

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