(Metal Breath Production) Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 I'm having a hard time coming up with a way to pigeon-hole Dying Passion, and I've concluded that it's not going to be possible. There are metal elements, but it's not metal. The tempo is rather slow, but not in much of a goth or doomy way. And the vocals are female, without sounding like other chick-rock bands. So let's piece this one out instead.
The base of this project is the simple melodic metal guitar riffs and drumming, which are almost completely hidden behind the effects and vocals. Some songs are heavier than others, including the opening track "Song of Liberty", which has an unintentionally trippy vibe overtop of simple but catchy riffs, and even includes a guitar solo. Other songs begin like they are going to be heavier, but then get drowned out by the sax or organs. The album seems more focused on Zuzana's intermingling with the playful keyboards or wind instrumentation than on the heavier aspects.
When listening to this album, I don't get the impression of a group. Instead, it sounds like a way to showcase the capabilities and diversity of Zuzana's voice and the styles she can work within. Her voice is mostly melodic, sometimes feisty, and always strong and expressive. She's a definitive alto, and she sometimes sings even lower, sounding almost like a cabaret singer when backed by the saxophone. Her best work is on the first two tracks, where she reveals her higher-pitch vocals and harmonizes with them.
Despite the lack of much heaviness, "Sweet Disillusions" is an interesting release, with several truly imaginative and addicting songs. If you're a fan of softer music and are daring enough to try something new, you might want to give this Czech band a listen.