Entwine – Painstained

{mosimage}It is already 10 years since the first album release by the Finnish band, and they come back stronger than ever with their sixth studio album!

 

 

Painstained is probably the best Finnish rock-metal album that I have listened to in the last month. You can really notice there the hand of “magician” producer Hiili Hiilesmaa, the man behind the sound in albums of huge bands like Sentenced, Apocalyptica, HIM or the Portuguese Moonspell.

 

Hiilesmaa have made possible that Entwine runs away from the more classic brutal sound that usually Spinefarm´s bands have, achieving a very well balanced and squared album that can really hit the mainstream audience. Mika Tauriainen´s vocal skills are superb and songs like Soul Sacrifice, Strife, Lost in My Denial or Greed of Mankind are instant classics.

 

Let’s see how 2009 goes for the Finnish metatheads, because they certainly deserve bigger international attention. For the moment, you have the chance to check them out live very soon in the Spinefeast 2009 that will take place 29th-30th of January.

 

Rating 4/5

 

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Interview with Mika Tauriainen:

 

http://www.freemagazine.fi/content/view/899/152/