Rating:
9.0
Sentenced - Down
1996


01. Intro - The Gate
02. Noose
03. Shadegrown
04. Bleed
05. Keep My Grave Open
06. Crumbling Down (Give Up Hope)
07. Sun Won't Shine
08. Ode To The End
09. 0132
10. Warrior Of Life (Reaper Reedemer)
11. I'll Throw The First Rock
12. No Tomorrow [re-issue 2007 bonus]


What can anyone say about Sentenced? They have left their mark in the metal scene and it will stay there for generations to come. They are quite an underrated band, which should have a different level status. Even so, many people love them and they are very much missed, even almost 3 years after they left us, after their funeral.

This album is the first that features Ville Laihiala on vocals and Tenkula also on bass, since they did not have a bass player at the time of the recording. Their sound started changing from "Amok", but this is the release that started their signature Suomi metal. Ville's voice made a huge difference in their sound, although in this album he doesn't sing with such a deep voice as he did mostly in "The Cold White Light", but rather with a more rough voice. Apart from the vocals, the thing that stands out the most, as with all their releases, is the guitars. The melodies that Tenkula and Lopakka create are really melodic, cool and infectious! The guitarwork, creating those magnificent melodies, is also the reason why they were quite unique as well. The lyrics are depressive as always, but nevertheless with some hope in them somehow.

Even though this album is the first with Laihiala, and the first after their musical turn, this is one of their best releases and has some very memorable songs on it. It does not reach the levels of beauty that "The Cold White Light" reaches, but it could as well be one of their top three albums. The album is full of good songs and none stand out that much more than the rest. A lot of these songs grab your attention and make you want to sing along. The riffs are as cool as ever and the album even reaches epic proportions at times. One song that is a bit different is "Crumbling Down (Give Up Hope)", which features female vocals (chanting is more like it), which gives a certain gothic feeling. Another song that deserves special mention is "I'll Throw The First Rock", the best song of the album because of its main riff, which starts at 0:55 in the song, and is one of the best metal riffs of all time if you ask me! This riff alone is worth buying the album and gives me goosebumps every single time!

To finish off, this is a very good album, recommended to whoever likes melodic metal or actually metal in general. There are no bad songs here and it will make you miss Sentenced for sure. The sound is a little bit raw and unrefined compared to their later work, which makes it feel a little bit old school, but generally speaking it is a beautiful album!

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Production: 8


Band profile: Sentenced
Album: Down


 


written by addiction | 14.06.2008


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Beautiful War - 14.06.2008 at 22:17  
My knee-jerk reaction on first listen was this is a very bad album. Although I've warmed up to some of the songs like Sun Won't Shine and Keep My Grave Open, it still gives me an "eh....the fuck?!" feeling on most occasions. Probably a 6 or a 7 for me, because the lyrics aren't good and because some of their experiments on this album don't have the intended result. Like, the female vocals on Ode to the End that are trying to sound spooky and gothic make me laugh for some reason, cause they don't really work.
DoomedTillDeath - 17.10.2008 at 02:38  
I loved this album at first listen.
Asmara - 05.04.2009 at 23:56  
My first feeling was: " It's not bad, but there are better ones."
Most of the time I agree with the review...but I still don't understand why this is called Suomi Metal !! ...

...doesn't make sense to me. O_o
addiction - 08.04.2009 at 00:23  
Written by Asmara on 05.04.2009 at 23:56

My first feeling was: " It's not bad, but there are better ones."
Most of the time I agree with the review...but I still don't understand why this is called Suomi Metal !! ...

...doesn't make sense to me. O_o


first of all your first feeling was kind of right, although i would say it is good, but there are definitely better ones.
and as for the suomi metal characterisation, well its kinda hard to explain i guess but its the feeling of the music. it is melancholic with a lot of melody and its usually finnish bands that have this unique sound, therefore it got the name suomi...which to be fair is not universally accepted i guess, but it is a good way to characterise the sound. also all these suomi metal bands more or less owe their sound to sentenced. hopefully this helped you a little bit. if not, just keep listening to similar bands and you will get the difference on your own.
Deadmeat - 08.04.2009 at 13:36  
A good album from sentenced. a very big change from the band. but they have done it even better..
Asmara - 10.04.2009 at 02:55  
Written by addiction on 08.04.2009 at 00:23

Written by Asmara on 05.04.2009 at 23:56

My first feeling was: " It's not bad, but there are better ones."
Most of the time I agree with the review...but I still don't understand why this is called Suomi Metal !! ...

...doesn't make sense to me. O_o


no thx. that was exactly what i wanted to hear the point is that it is not internationally accepted which makes it quite interesting to know what genre it could be then!

thx again
first of all your first feeling was kind of right, although i would say it is good, but there are definitely better ones.
and as for the suomi metal characterisation, well its kinda hard to explain i guess but its the feeling of the music. it is melancholic with a lot of melody and its usually finnish bands that have this unique sound, therefore it got the name suomi...which to be fair is not universally accepted i guess, but it is a good way to characterise the sound. also all these suomi metal bands more or less owe their sound to sentenced. hopefully this helped you a little bit. if not, just keep listening to similar bands and you will get the difference on your own.
Sentenced Odiin - 25.04.2009 at 13:05  
Down was my first Sentenced album what I have heard, but it entraped my soul...I have listened the whole discography and years later I claimed that Down is the best of all. Noose, Bleed and, my personal favourite, Sun Won't Shine are one of the best track of Sentenced. All my sorrows for the disbanding...RIP
Grimskallen - 13.07.2009 at 02:34  
This album really got me into the band and made me re-open my eyes for the whole gothic metal genre.
I think its plain retarded that metalstorm calls them Suomi metal, alongside with HIM other bands that really sounds nothing like sentenced. Besides, I've never seen the term suomi metal being used anywhere else?

*Hoping the suomi metal tag will drop dead*
Sentenced Odiin - 25.07.2009 at 19:46  
Written by Grimskallen on 13.07.2009 at 02:34

This album really got me into the band and made me re-open my eyes for the whole gothic metal genre.
I think its plain retarded that metalstorm calls them Suomi metal, alongside with HIM other bands that really sounds nothing like sentenced. Besides, I've never seen the term suomi metal being used anywhere else?

*Hoping the suomi metal tag will drop dead*

I dont think so that Sentenced or even Poisonblack is gothic metal...metalstorm's genre, soumi metal is incorrect, but the depressive heavy metal is exactly the best way to call these 2 bands.
Grimskallen - 25.07.2009 at 20:05  
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 25.07.2009 at 19:46

Written by Grimskallen on 13.07.2009 at 02:34

This album really got me into the band and made me re-open my eyes for the whole gothic metal genre.
I think its plain retarded that metalstorm calls them Suomi metal, alongside with HIM other bands that really sounds nothing like sentenced. Besides, I've never seen the term suomi metal being used anywhere else?

*Hoping the suomi metal tag will drop dead*

I don't think so that Sentenced or even Poisonblack is gothic metal...metalstorm's genre, soumi metal is incorrect, but the depressive heavy metal is exactly the best way to call these 2 bands.


I think Sentenced and gothic metal are very much so connected. something about that whole melodic thing, use of vocals, as well as I see the difference from old gothic metal bands such as paradise lost.
"Depressive heavy metal" sounds like it is a traditional heavy metal band with lyrics that deal about depressive/melancholy and so on. A genre cannot be defined by lyrics, themes or appearance, it has to be about the sound. Oh wait.... Doom metal....death metal.....viking metal... hm... Depressive Heavy metal sounds just right.
Well at least Sentenced or Poisonblack doesn't sound like traditional heavy metal for sure.
Anyway, my point was that I don't like to see Sentenced and HIM put together in the same genre, I think their sound differ very much, well at least the newer stuff HIM has put out is really not alike at all and I think its a little wrong by MS to just use their own name "Soumi metal" on things. Hope that made any sense (written In a hurry!)
Sentenced Odiin - 25.07.2009 at 20:52  
Yeah, I mean, that depressive heavy metal is connected to the lyrics of course, but moreover the so called heavy metal genre got this melancholic/dark (exatly in Down) influence...I think this style is between heavy metal and gothic metal, but I prefer to call it in this way, cus the whole Sentenced image, appearance and presentation is far from the gothic, I think
Btw, do you or one of your acquaintance have some old Sentenced shirt, that is does not need anymore, cus I looking forward very much to get some old stuff...?
Sentenced Odiin - 25.07.2009 at 20:52  
Written by Grimskallen on 25.07.2009 at 20:05

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 25.07.2009 at 19:46

Written by Grimskallen on 13.07.2009 at 02:34

This album really got me into the band and made me re-open my eyes for the whole gothic metal genre.
I think its plain retarded that metalstorm calls them Suomi metal, alongside with HIM other bands that really sounds nothing like sentenced. Besides, I've never seen the term suomi metal being used anywhere else?

*Hoping the suomi metal tag will drop dead*

I dont think so that Sentenced or even Poisonblack is gothic metal...metalstorm's genre, soumi metal is incorrect, but the depressive heavy metal is exactly the best way to call these 2 bands.


I think Sentenced and gothic metal are very much so connected. something about that whole melodic thing, use of vocals, as well as I see the difference from old gothic metal bands such as paradise lost.
"Depressive heavy metal" sounds like it is a traditional heavy metal band with lyrics that deal about depressive/melancholy and so on. A genre cannot be defined by lyrics, themes or appearance, it has to be about the sound. Oh wait.... Doom metal....death metal.....viking metal... hmm... Depressive Heavy metal sounds just right.
Well atleast Sentenced or Poisonblack doesn't sound like traditional heavy metal for sure.
Anyway, my point was that I didn't like to see Sentenced and HIM put together in the same genre, I think they sound very different, well atleast the newer stuff HIM has put out is really not alike at all and I think its a little wrong by MS to just use their own name "Soumi metal" on things. Hope that made any sense, In a hurry!



Yeah, I mean, that depressive heavy metal is connected to the lyrics of course, but moreover the so called heavy metal genre got this melancholic/dark (exatly in Down) influence...I think this style is between heavy metal and gothic metal, but I prefer to call it in this way, cus the whole Sentenced image, appearance and presentation is far from the gothic, I think.
Btw, do you or one of your acquaintance have some old Sentenced shirt, that is does not need anymore, cus I looking forward very much to get some old stuff...?
Grimskallen - 25.07.2009 at 21:30  
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 25.07.2009 at 20:52

Written by Grimskallen on 25.07.2009 at 20:05

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 25.07.2009 at 19:46

Written by Grimskallen on 13.07.2009 at 02:34

This album really got me into the band and made me re-open my eyes for the whole gothic metal genre.
I think its plain retarded that metalstorm calls them Suomi metal, alongside with HIM other bands that really sounds nothing like sentenced. Besides, I've never seen the term suomi metal being used anywhere else?

*Hoping the suomi metal tag will drop dead*

I dont think so that Sentenced or even Poisonblack is gothic metal...metalstorm's genre, soumi metal is incorrect, but the depressive heavy metal is exactly the best way to call these 2 bands.


I think Sentenced and gothic metal are very much so connected. something about that whole melodic thing, use of vocals, as well as I see the difference from old gothic metal bands such as paradise lost.
"Depressive heavy metal" sounds like it is a traditional heavy metal band with lyrics that deal about depressive/melancholy and so on. A genre cannot be defined by lyrics, themes or appearance, it has to be about the sound. Oh wait.... Doom metal....death metal.....viking metal... hmm... Depressive Heavy metal sounds just right.
Well atleast Sentenced or Poisonblack doesn't sound like traditional heavy metal for sure.
Anyway, my point was that I didn't like to see Sentenced and HIM put together in the same genre, I think they sound very different, well atleast the newer stuff HIM has put out is really not alike at all and I think its a little wrong by MS to just use their own name "Soumi metal" on things. Hope that made any sense, In a hurry!



Yeah, I mean, that depressive heavy metal is connected to the lyrics of course, but moreover the so called heavy metal genre got this melancholic/dark (exatly in Down) influence...I think this style is between heavy metal and gothic metal, but I prefer to call it in this way, cus the whole Sentenced image, appearance and presentation is far from the gothic, I think.
Btw, do you or one of your acquaintance have some old Sentenced shirt, that is does not need anymore, cus I looking forward very much to get some old stuff...?


Alright, I think we agree mostly on the terms, but I don't have a old Sentenced shirt, all I got is a shirt from the cold white light and one from the funeral album era, and I'd like to keep them both
Sentenced Odiin - 25.07.2009 at 22:05  
Written by Grimskallen on 25.07.2009 at 21:30

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 25.07.2009 at 20:52

Written by Grimskallen on 25.07.2009 at 20:05

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 25.07.2009 at 19:46

Written by Grimskallen on 13.07.2009 at 02:34

This album really got me into the band and made me re-open my eyes for the whole gothic metal genre.
I think its plain retarded that metalstorm calls them Suomi metal, alongside with HIM other bands that really sounds nothing like sentenced. Besides, I've never seen the term suomi metal being used anywhere else?

*Hoping the suomi metal tag will drop dead*

I dont think so that Sentenced or even Poisonblack is gothic metal...metalstorm's genre, soumi metal is incorrect, but the depressive heavy metal is exactly the best way to call these 2 bands.


I think Sentenced and gothic metal are very much so connected. something about that whole melodic thing, use of vocals, as well as I see the difference from old gothic metal bands such as paradise lost.
"Depressive heavy metal" sounds like it is a traditional heavy metal band with lyrics that deal about depressive/melancholy and so on. A genre cannot be defined by lyrics, themes or appearance, it has to be about the sound. Oh wait.... Doom metal....death metal.....viking metal... hmm... Depressive Heavy metal sounds just right.
Well atleast Sentenced or Poisonblack doesn't sound like traditional heavy metal for sure.
Anyway, my point was that I didn't like to see Sentenced and HIM put together in the same genre, I think they sound very different, well atleast the newer stuff HIM has put out is really not alike at all and I think its a little wrong by MS to just use their own name "Soumi metal" on things. Hope that made any sense, In a hurry!



Yeah, I mean, that depressive heavy metal is connected to the lyrics of course, but moreover the so called heavy metal genre got this melancholic/dark (exatly in Down) influence...I think this style is between heavy metal and gothic metal, but I prefer to call it in this way, cus the whole Sentenced image, appearance and presentation is far from the gothic, I think.
Btw, do you or one of your acquaintance have some old Sentenced shirt, that is does not need anymore, cus I looking forward very much to get some old stuff...?


Alright, I think we agree mostly on the terms, but I don't have a old Sentenced shirt, all I got is a shirt from the cold white light and one from the funeral album era, and I'd like to keep them both


OK thanks...btw if u want i will pleased if u add me to ur msn
Grimskallen - 18.09.2010 at 23:13  
Re-visited this album this evening.... dug the shit out of this album before.. I still do, those fucking riffs and melodies man!
The production ain't that hot though..

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