ISSA – SIGN OF ANGELS (REVIEW)

Out Now – Frontiers Records
 
Frontiers can’t find enough superlatives for Issa it seems. You’d be forgiven for thinking she’s the best thing to come along since not only sliced bread but warm water as well.

There’s no denying we’re dealing with a young lady who is quite easy on the eyes. One who’s blessed with a decent (if not exceptional) set of pipes, even. But there’s a vibe of Britney-goes-metal about the whole promotion that doesn’t sit well with me.

Frontiers drummed up a solid backing band and got some outside songwriting help. Inspiration can’t be bought however and, much like on the Kiske/Somerville release, we’re left with an album that reeks of day job tedium.

Most of the songs will leave you wondering “where have I heard this before”.
Understandably so. You get the expected mishmash of “female fronted metal” (what a horrible term), contemporary Scandinavian metal and some AOR thrown in for good measure.

Is it bad? Not really. It’s hard to find fault with the performances on offer, even if Issa’s voice gets quite nasal at times. There’s even several quite catchy choruses. But there is no sense of excitement, no thrill. This album really has an unpleasant whiff of pre-packaged product about it. Like the winner of a “Metal Idol” contest… If that doesn’t bother you feel free to add at least ten points to my rating.

Rating – 68%
Review by Sancho

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