by THE SIN:DECAY may be around for quite some time but
I stumbled upon this CD just a short time ago. Knowing that THE
SIN:DECAY contains members by …and Oceans who made heavy
use of electronics on their later albums I have a vague idea what
I might be about to hear. And I’m not that wrong. It’s
definitely electronic what’s coming out of the speakers.
Rehabilitation is really dominated by synthesizers.
Some might even say it is totally pasted with it. If you like
your synths more as an addition or in the background you should
stay away from this. But to me this thick synthie sound is just
And the nearly sticky-sweet synths with a great eighties influence
really do know how to please when heard for the first time. The
other instruments consisting of rather simple industrial metal
guitars and straight drums are acceptable, too and well produced.
The vocals then mark the first weakness of Rehabilitation.
These are sounding some kind of wanna-be grim and dark and just
come out so monotonous that it’s merely fatiguing.
Unfortunately this will not maintain the only weakness of the
album. Even already by the second time listening to Rehabilitation
it’s clearly audible that the whole thing was not well thought
over. The song structures are too simple and the mentioned vocals
start to annoy more and more with each new turn. Ok, songs like
We Are All Slaves and Give It Away will surely find
some friends on the next gothic disco’s dancefloor but will
be forgotten after a relatively short time.
In general one gets to know how THE SIN:DECAY would like
to sound. But on Rehabilitation they just don’t
manage to do so. The great Canadian The Birthday Massacre who
are obviously a major inspiration show a lot better how eighties
influenced synth drenched, poppy gothic rock can be played. And
the harder, more industrial part is much better presented by bands
like Pain, The Kovenant or Deathstars. The combination of these
styles clearly was the goal but variation of ideas and an own
approach just stayed behind.
No, it’s not really bad, especially the synth parts know
how to please even if they are not bursting with ideas or variation.
But the thing is - you can get all this much better than on Rehabilitation
and the vocals just put the few good parts very much aside. But
I will keep an eye on THE SIN:DECAY and I hope on a possible
follow up album they can get rid of the mentioned weaker parts
and come up with something more hitting. We’ll see…