Bart M. : From the accompanying literature I gathered that Liv Sin is an extreme metal formation from Sweden, so when I expectantly put on their EP 'Inverted', I initially thought I had been sent the wrong demo. This does not sound like metal! Then I did some research and stumbled upon their debut album 'Follow Me', and yes, that one is totally metal! And unlike some of the new "sensations" that we are hearing from, Liv Sin sounds more than decent. That being said, 'Inverted' is something quite the opposite.
The idea was to release an acoustical EP, but during the creative process things went down a different path. Personally I am very glad that they did, but that is due to the fact that I have had quite a few bad experiences with all things acoustic. What we get are three songs. One of them is a new one ('Devil's Plaything') and the other two are quieter versions of songs we already know ('Black Souls' and 'Killing Ourselves To Live'). We usually hear singer Liv Jagrell use her voice in a growling, aggressive way, but here she sounds much more modest, something she is obviously very good at as well. The music adapts to this voice and sounds quite poppy, with a few turns in minor so that the not too cheery lyrics have the right background. A risky thing to do, but Liv Sin delivers a great EP. If you are a metal purist you might not get this, but if you are open to change and experimentation, this is definitely worth checking out.