by: Michael Hos of
Metalen 02 April 2003
Sectarian - The Fallen One (Mini-CD) REVIEW
Sectarian is a Dutch that was formed in 1995 and their debut
cd "When darkness draws near" came out in 2000.
After some line-up changes and a new vocalist these gentlemen
produced a mini-album called "Fallen one".
Sectarian reminds me a bit of Whispering Gallery, but without
grunts and more speed. Sectarian has more elements of death-
and trash metal, but quiet doomy now and then is. The vocals
are high (uhh Really? RP), clean and melodramatic.
I think we are dealing with a serious band according to
the quality of the songs and the way they handle their promotion.
Except of some minor details it all sounds very good.
The drums on he first track sound very digital. They sound
like they have been triggered or programmed. On the tracks
that follow up the drums sound better, more organic. The
guitarsound on the tracks is nice and fat. Because of that
the riffs sound great. The keyboards add something very
subtile and they support the tracks mainly in atmosphere.
Personally I think the compositions are strong but a bit
flat, there are still some dynamics that are missing. If
you consider it’s a six-pieced band, I’ve expected more
That doesn’t take away the fact that we’re dealing with
a band that leaves a very good impression. They have a great
singer whose clearly defines the atmosphere of the songs
because of his sound and the exceptional high level of the
lyrics. Beautiful. Concluding: again something great of
“Fallen One” Aardschok nr.5, Mei 2003.
Limburgian band Sectarian plays a well-done mix of quick
trash and threatening progressive metal, which in some
moments refers to quality bands such as Nevermore, Crimson
Glory and Flotsam and Jetsam. The four tracks on the
independent released Cdemo “Fallen one” contain un-Dutch
pretentious guitar melodies and equal clean vocals.
Sectarian carefully built up their compositions, taking a My
Dying bride resembling solemnize and remembers of
traditional bands like Iron Maiden in the melodic guitar
parts. Great roots, which are accessible arranged in a
modern way by these Limburgians.
Best track on the album is “Hopefully No Longer” that,
with its strong chorus, is a very catchy song for
progressive standards. However the transparent mix is still
missing some low frequencies and one of the guitars player
is noticeable walking the edge during the solo, Sectarian
delivers a fine piece of work with “Fallen One”. That
band surely needs to send this disk to record companies.
one’ Sectarian - Limburgs
the second preliminary rounds of the Limburgian talent
festival ‘Nu of Nooit’ in Horst I got acquainted with
Sectarian. There this south Limburgian metal band fought a
great battle, but they came undone because of the
superiority of Nu-metalband Liftid and because of the fact
that the music of Sectarian (a mix van trash‑,
black‑ en heavy metal) is inaccessible to a big
crowd. These comments are still in force after listening to
the second mini-album ‘Fallen one’.
compositions, in which several musical styles are
recognisable, are sometimes hard to comprehend. This
immediately happens in the first song ‘In sight of the
seraphim’. Right from the beginning it seems that the
vocals and the music don’t blend very well. Some moments
later the band unifies the song, but the confusion goes in
the following tracks. It looks as though every band member
is going a different musical direction.
this there is more to Sectarian than meets the eye. The band
members are very talented, and the track ‘Hopefully no
longer’ sounds very good. Maybe the band needs to grow al
Posted bij andy read of DPRP,
Sectarian - The Fallen One (Mini-CD) REVIEW
a Dutch metal band, clearly settled in the darker and
heavier fringes of the Progressive Metal jungle. Formed in
the summer of '95 under the name of Kickshaw they
were initially a cover band with a heavy repertoire of Maiden
and Metallica. By the time they got the chance to
record their debut-album in 1999 they'd changed their name
but When Darkness Draws Near still had its roots
firmly in the thrash/death metal scene.
Sectarian have taken a slight change in direction with a few
new musical influences added in the shape of keyboardist Rob
Besselink and a new frontman Raoul Pinxt. And with The
Fallen One it's immediately clear that the band's sound
has matured greatly. There's still a heavy thrash and doom
influence but the keyboards have added another dimension -
broadening the sound greatly. The band states its main
reference points as Testament, The Haunted, Crimson Glory
and Nevermore. I can't see the Crimson Glory
connection, but latter-day Angel Dust sprang to my
mind throughout - especially the way Besselink's keys coast
over the dark, thrashy metal riffs.
opens with the doom-laden In Sight of the Seraphim.
This has the basis of a good idea but the band doesn't
really allow it to develop very far and the keys are way too
low in the mix.
does exactly what it says on the tin - a keyboard-led
instrumental leading into the riff explosion that opens up Hopefully
No Longer. The best track on offer, here Sectarian
combines thrash, power and Prog-Metal influences into a
fairly intense musical package. The vocals are strong but
again musically the band sticks to a fairly basic recipe. I
feel that a few dynamic twists and turns, a few surprises
are always just around the corner - but they never come.
quiet intro, Thy Thousand Names is probably the
heaviest and certainly the track that comes closest to Angel
Dust with a healthy dose of Savatage thrown in.
And we finish with the title track which is the most
ambitious and progressive on offer and I must admit, is
slowly growing on me.
If the band
wishes to continue to develop in a more progressive
direction then I think a greater use of Besselink's keys is
needed and there needs to be a lot more dynamics to the
overall sound. Despite having two guitarists, the sound can
be awfully flat at times. However Sectarian have an eye for
a decent melody and if you like your Metal with plenty of
dark aggression, then they are worth checking out.
7 out of 10
ONE" POSTED BY EMILIO FROM MUSKETEER
stands for powerful progressive thrash. The 6 catchy songs
have great structures and are fulfilled with mouth-watering
riffs, flesh creeping solos, capacious guitars, fast
thundering drums and very strong clean vocals bathed in an
all-consuming passion. The discrete, still competent use of
the keyboards gives the sound a dejected touch. The band
reminds me a lot of fellow countrymen Paralysis. They also
dally with bands as Nevermore, Dream theater,
Queensrÿche and Crimson Glory. Still they
rock with an own face. No more words are needed for this
fantastic 2nd demo, because it's quality in the purest.
One tip for the labels: sign this band before it’s too
ONE"POSTED BY CURSED
from Limburg play high-skilled metal. There are no
easy-listening songs on this mini-CD Most important
ingredients are the Slayer-type guitar riffs (which is not
strange, since the band names The Haunted as one of their
influences), and the tight drums by Rick Bouwman, who should
be mentioned, since he shows that he is a very capable
drummer. The music is very well performed, like the band has
already recorded many albums. In fact, before this recording
they made only one other cd; "When Darkness draws near"
Raoul Pinxt plays also an important role. He has a strong
voice, though his singing is not that varied. I know he can
use his voice in more different ways since sometimes e.g. we
can hear a high scream or lower vocals (in "Thy
thousand names"). If he would do this more often, then
the result would be nicer to listen to.
promo features five songs, of which the second could be seen
as a nicely built-up intro to the next track. The mood of
this piece, which is simply called "Prelude,"
reminds me of Iced Earth. One of the best songs is "Hopefully
no longer," with a good chorus and nice vocal
harmonies. It also features a very interesting middle part,
with cool rhythm guitars and an Arabic sounding solo. The
other is "Thy thousand names", beginning with a
cool intro and containing a lot of double bass drumming. An
advice for the next recordings is to put the solos louder in
the mix. Now they are pretty much in the background. Also in
the background are the keyboards. However, this fits the
music, and they seem to play a less important part than the
guitars (except in "Prelude"). The song that
appeals to me least is, strangely enough, the title track
"Fallen one", which I find a bit repetitive.
a very good recording which hopefully leads soon to a record
deal. With this kind of style Sectarian are quite special in
the Dutch metal scene, and all we can wait for now, is a