SYRENS CALL Live From The Abyss
Thundering Records (release: May 23rd, 2008)
You should notice that the cover on the left has not the usual size. It's because we deal with a DVD this time and you must admit that this kind of project is quite uncommon for a non-professional band.
Thus, Live From The Abyss is the video testimony of the show celebrating the tenth anniversary of French Prog' Metal act SYRENS CALL at Nautylis in Comines, on May 3rd, 2007.
But I hear some people say (yes, I do): "Yeah, they know the musicians well so it's gonna be cronyism again…". No! Let's put relationship aside and have critical and even-handed thinking (what do you mean: "for once"?).
Well… OK, the stuff is an elegant full-colour digipack including a DVD, a CD and a booklet. Well… OK, you have a pro-quality image made by a professional team with professional equipment, including several professional cameras. Well… OK, every musician is skilful than ever, playing without failure (there are no overdubs on the final cut), with a particular distinction to… no, everybody is on top of form. And the current line-up is perfectly trained now and plays songs taken from their previous discography which give the impression of classics from now. Well… OK, you have guitars duels and even a keyboard/guitar duel full of virtuosity on a cover of a Johann Sebastian Bach (but I can't remember the name of his own band, it's not SKID ROW anyway). Well… OK, frontwoman Soraya, dressed all in white, illuminates the place with her grace and charisma, singing with her melodic but also powerful voice when necessary. And she even starts to let loose, compared to her first performances in our Metal world she was discovering then. Well… OK, the little acoustic set (they get into the habit now) is an enchanting moment of pure happiness. Well… OK, the enthusiastic audience play their part very well. Well… OK, they dare to end the gig by grappling with QUEEN's The Show Must Go On but they brilliantly succeed, into the bargain with a guest (Vincent Vercaigne from AMARTIA on guitar), backing singers, bubbles and confetti guns (they don't use pyro here, maybe next time). You have everything! Well… OK, the bonuses are interesting. The first one is about SYRENS CALL's story (with interviews of the musicians) and the second one is a funny documentary which shows the organisation of the concert, and both are directed with care. Well… OK, you should consider the included CD as a best-of the DVD (minus the picture, obviously). Well... OK… enough!
Let's talk about the negative points. And the main problem is that instead of wasting your time by reading this review, you'd better order a copy of this pro masterpiece (I do insist for the last time) on the band's website or turn your computer off and rush to the nearest record shop. Now!...Laurent