The Murder Of My Sweet - Beth out of Hell

The Murder Of My Sweet Beth out of Hell cover
The Murder Of My Sweet
Beth out of Hell
Frontiers Music Srl
2015
7
The Murder Of My Sweet is a band that Daniel Flores started in 2007 and has since released a couple of albums to some acclaim. They feature one Angelica Rylin, a lady you might remember from an album called Angelica (not the Vai project by that name), who’s a melodic rock frontwoman that projects quite a femme fatale persona in a band that tries to pull off some noir-ish film score sort of rock. Previously I found the style a bit over bearing and rather stale with the songwriting not matching the bands ambition so I wasn’t particularly thrilled about another album from a band that had a couple of albums that I found quite boring...
 
I must say that “Beth out of Hell” was a bit of a surprise as the “songs” on it, without completely departing from the bands style, feel a lot more elaborate and to the point. What is a bit annoying however is that almost all of the songs tend to have a spoken word intro in an effort to make them more “dramatic” that is a little tiresome. I’d say the band reminds me on this album a lot of Nightwish around “Imaginaerum”, an album that I really found quite boring, but had a great atmosphere minus the big orchestrations but going for similar atmospherics and with quite better songwriting…
 
Rylin is singing in Mezzo and her vocals are not bad not a bad timbre but while she has the range she seems to be mostly utilizing her lower registers in a way that initially made me think she was an alto or something in between when I first heard her... her timbre is probably pleasant, but there’s something in the way she sings that makes me not completely enamored with the way she sings...
 
While at this point I don’t mind the band I’m even probably somewhat favorably disposed towards the way they sound at this point I found the fact that going for long winded, six nine, eleven minute long excursions takes away from the poppiness of the songs. The “Awakening” for instance is probably one of the better and most predictable songs on the album, the closest thing to a single... and there are a lot of verses and the occasional song here and there that stands out but at seventy four minutes the album feels a little too long and a lot of songs and parts feel a bit indistinguishable & interchangeable… while the band is “getting” better, their focus is a bit off to speak in photographic terms… should the songs have been a bit more compact and the choruses a bit more stand offish this would have been quite the amazing album an opportunity that largely goes wasted here in an album that just goes on and on and on… being pleasant but not reaching multiple climaxes. The semi-conceptual form is hard to master and TMOMS get their fingers slightly burned while toying around with it...