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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Sabbatum’ (The Music Cartel)
Artist - Rondellus
Black Sabbath gets the Renaissance treatment, and it works! This album shows a real affection for the original songs. Rondellus unearths a beauty in this stuff that wasn't readily apparent. The Gregorian/madrigal style reminds me of Dead Can Dance's Aion. When ’War Pigs’ starts, you might giggle, but after about fifteen seconds it works its magic on you. ’Planet Caravan’ is another really good one, and more mysterious than Pantera's rendition. Veikko Kliver's tenor meshes perfectly with the female harmonies. Another cool feature is the reprinting of all the lyrics ... in Latin! Rondellus hails from Tallinn, Estonia. Maria Staak's vocals are truly beautiful, and the musicianship of this band rivals that of hard-core medieval band Corvus Corax. If they played this on ‘The Osbournes,’ Ozzy would probably look at the ceiling and ask, "Sharon, is that how we did the songs? Man, those were crazy days. Crazy, crazy days!"
Max Parkhill