Electro gothic metal from Greece
Originally planned for release in 2007, About Darkness, Sad Doll's debut full length, didn't see the light of day until 2009. The album is a rich electro gothic metal masterpiece, haunting in the electronics and also heavy with the guitars. Vocals range from anguish moans Peter Steele of Type O Negative style to darker, more grated snarls. This is mostly an electronic album, but it isn't pop or close to techno. Anyone looking into something darkly romantic and eerie will have found what they are looking for.
The album's introduction gives an electronic symphony; it's most likely the slowest track on the album to set the mood. The following song is much heavier, but showcases the worst of the vocals. They sound muddled, depressed, and uninspiring, but pick up every once in a while. On the follow tracks the vocals get much better, as does the varying electronic sounds. "Life Equals Zero" has some great beats that sound like they belong on an Aborym album, and the guitars have a cyber edge to them, making the track both something to mosh and dance to. "Watch Me Crawl" is the first in a succession of suddenly different sounding tracks in the sense of the vocals. Gone is the anguish and replaced by darkly, demonic singing that sounds slightly mechanical. It's almost like someone would be listening to a totally different band. "Death Is Your Name" is almost a doom metal tune. "Dawn of Love" has some good piano keys along with doom metal chugs that make it quite the funeral waltz; haunting and creepy. A perfect gothic atmosphere. "Evil One" brings forth more good electronic beats, and the closer, "Don't Say Goodbye," is haunting and operatic, as well as with a balance of heaviness.
The closest comparison that can be made to Sad Dolls is Gothminister, but Sad Dolls is much heavier. While the lyrics and song titles convey a sense of romance in the way of 'love metal,' most likely HIM fans or those of the 69 Eyes won't jump on this. Sad Dolls music can be upbeat but it's mostly depressing and much darker than either band. The atmosphere is a good blend of creepy with heavy so a wide range of music lovers can enjoy what the band has to offer. Hopefully there will be more from these twisted Greeks.