In 2015 Sister Sin decided to call it quits after being together for thirteen years and four albums. Frontwoman Liv Jagrell decided that she had much more to give to her fans. She decided to form LIV SIN, a more modern sounding metal.
From the press release: “Combine the old school heavy metal with elements from trash and black metal but with a more updated sound and you have LIV SIN,” Jagrell says. Being a fan of Swedish Metal and female fronted bands, I decided I needed to give their debut album Follow Me a spin.
Right from the start, Jagrell’s vocals are very strong and aggressive but still seem to mesmerize as you listen. Her voice has hints of Doro but with a more untamed sound. Follow Me opens with the hard-hitting track “The Fall.” As good as “The Fall” is, it’s only a tease for what is to come next. Track two is the contentious “Hypocrite.” The track starts with a slight sound of Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” and then blasts into a rapid-fire metal sound with Jagrell’s in your face vocals. The bass work in “Hypocrite” is flawless making a solid track. “Black Souls” is one of the most combative tracks on the album. The song starts out with some gentle guitar work but then discharges into a track with aggressive vocals coupled with heavy guitar. “Black Souls” is a song best played at high volume when you want to say goodbye to the world for three and a half minutes. A pleasant surprise on the album is the cover of Fight’s “Immortal Sin.” The song features Jyrki (The 69 Eyes). Jyrki lends Type O Negative sounding vocals to the song. This combined with Jagrell’s vocals make this cover sound brilliant.
Overall this album works in so many ways. It is hard, heavy and most importantly, aggressive. It is the kind of album you listen to when you’ve had a bad day and want to fly the middle finger to the world. If you were a fan of Sister Sin you are going to love this album. If you like female fronted bands, you will also enjoy this album. If you are a fan of Swedish Metal Follow Me will not disappoint, and if you can check all four of these boxes you will be in heaven. Follow Me will be released on April 28, 2017.