Element Of Sex reviews
“ A chi piacerà questo disco? A tantissimi, perché è ben suonato, ben cantato, ben prodotto, ben arrangiato e composto, per non parlare di un look esageratamente bello e live show impressionanti.”
“Although this band is clearly built around the image and stage show, thankfully SNB do have a handful of decent songs to ensure that it’s not all lost to the gimmick. ”
— Mik Gaffney // Powerplay Magazine
“I need, I mean really need to see Sick ‘N’ Beautiful playing live soon. A definite 5 out of 5 and if Thanos, Galactus, Emperor Palpatine and any of the other galactic powers had allowed it I would have awarded ‘Element Of Sex’ a 6 out of 5.”
“Gwar, Lordi, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Alice Cooper and all the other Shock-Rock outfits can all glance worryingly back over their shoulder pads because there’s a new show in town. Sick ‘N’ Beautiful are due to ejaculate their album all over Mother Earth and they’re cumming in fast.”
“When you listen to an record you don’t see the artist, you just hear the music, and this album would be a perfectly good listen with any visuals taken away. But when you know what a band looks like and you listen to their music you see them in your mind, you visualize the performance. That’s why image is important and why Sick N Beautiful have given themselves an edge. ”
Hell Over Hell reviews
“Una miscela di elementi letteralmente esplosiva, quella architettata dai SNB, capaci di coordinare ad arte la componente musicale con un look a dir poco dirompente. ”
— 7,5 / 10 Rock Hard
Niky Flynn // Puregrainaudio.com
These days, it is a brave move for a fledgling band to undertake their first tour on UK shores, so it is just as well Sick N’ Beautiful is indeed a courageous act, breaking out of the usual commercial jelly mould to deliver their slick version of grungy alien rock...
...Speaking of the above-mentioned bands – frequent costume changes and prop usage from frontwoman Herma form an integral part of the show. The group engage with fireworks, laser trickery and power tools. Yes, you did indeed read correctly – one highlight of the stunning stage theatrics features a fantastic set piece with Herma wielding an illuminated guitar and an electric grinder during another of the new songs, “Slam!”.
Jason Small // smallmusicscene.com
There are few acts more weird and wonderful than Sick N Beautiful. I haven’t been aware of the intergalactic group for too long, but they certainly didn’t take long at all to make their mark.
Sick N Beautiful stormed on stylishly, and the first thing taken notice of was the incredible costumes. They were so elaborate and chock full of depth and detail from head to toe, with each member sporting a different look.
Herma naturally stood out the most for many reasons. Among other things, she had a breast plate transformed into a pair of electrical orbs, laser lights stemming from her gloves and a custom made guitar which she played with a goddamn circular saw that sent sparks flying all over, and that was just plain awesome. The production was something else, made all the more brilliant on how small a scale it was pulled off on.
Musically speaking, they were fantastic and worked well as a coherent unit as they dished out an array of catchy and exciting songs, with the likes of “Fire True”, “Hellawake", “Heart December” and “Megalomaniacal" being the high points… The audience were entranced.
Iain Purdie // The Moshville Times
Sick N’ Beautiful set up their elaborate equipment and brought extra-terrestrial chaos to Glasgow.
With a look that makes me think “if In This Moment did sci-fi”, but with music of a slightly different style, SN’B were thoroughly entertaining. They’re huge in their native Italy, and recently came a narrow second in the Wacken “Battle of the Bands” competition. I tell you, the winner must have been going some to beat this. SN’B have managed to get the perfect blend of great music and great visuals – the one complements the other. It’s not gizmos and gadgets for appearance’s sake.
Focussing on recent release “Element of Sex” (currently only available direct from them online or on tour), but with some earlier tracks as well, they’re a band who really know how to entertain. An edge of electronica and samples softens the edges of some very heavy rock sounds as they hammered through an hour-long set. Almost every track had some kind of effect involved in it, and I was impressed even in this small venue. I can only imagine what they would be capable of with a label’s budget behind them.
Recent single “Megalomaniacal” with its up-tempo beat got an outing, as did the haunting “New Witch 666”, with accompanying costume change and pyro effects. There were lasers a-plenty and some impressive abuse of a pre-prepared (and probably very scared) guitar. Herma is, frankly, stunning and gives everything to her performance.
With an audience who know the songs, I can see a SN’B gig being an absolute riot. Their music’s great, but that stage show takes it to another level. It’s not just the effects – anyone can glue a few lasers together and switch them on – it’s the performance and Sick N’ Beautiful pulled it off magnificently.
Immediately from the top of the show it’s apparent the currently Italian residing quartet are showing their ambition to take things to the next level, and rightly so. Their show comes with one of the most impressive stage productions we’ve ever seen in a club setting. A dramatic laser light show, pyrotechnics, a myriad of props and costume changes enhance the experience of the band’s high octane performance...
...When you see Sick N Beautiful on the ‘We C*m In Peace tour’, it’s not just like any old concert. This is a spectacular rock show which would feel at home in arenas let alone in clubs. The band are picking up the baton from the likes of Alice Cooper and Kiss to take this theatrical genre of live show to the next generation of rock fans, and they are doing an incredible job in the process.
Tornano i Sick n’ Beautiful con la loro nuova ed aliena creatura chiamata “Element Of Sex”, un disco di groove metal rock moderno e allo stesso tempo ricco di contesti futuristici a cui eravamo già stati abituati con il full lenght d’esordio sin dal 2015. Forti dell’incredibile multi variabile clean della bellissima Herma che spazia tra dolcezza, ma allo stesso tempo con quella grinta energica che piace, la band incentra le proprie energie su una ritmica polivalente fatta di massicci passaggi groove con annessi sottofondi in synth diretti a dare quell’impronta più futurista al lavoro. I brani proposti, scorrono che è un piacere anche in considerazione del fatto che musicalmente il tutto è molto orecchiabile sin dal primo ascolto grazie ai ritornelli sia suonati che cantati. Un vero e proprio pugno in faccia che ci lascia meravigliati quanto sorpresi per l’incredibile compattezza che contraddistingue sia sound che idee.
Element Of Sex is an outstanding album with huge promise and potential going forward. Every track is a triumph showcasing a variety of sounds and styling. C*mmunion is hands down the best track on an album filled with them. Sick N’ Beautiful put their heart into their music and their live shows are awesome too.
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CLASSIC ROCK RADIO (UK): Rated 5/5 - “Not sure how it all exactly started. One day I was unaware of them, and the next day I was consumed. WTF happened to me?... How did a circus of nomads from another galaxy end up in Rome, Italy, become recording artists, and most importantly, how their debut release called 'Hell Over Hell' end up in my home CD player? Results are I dig songs individually, yet I play the disc from start to finish for the full experience. For I don't wanna miss anything. The disc knows this, and I swear it has a mind of it's own. This is not a run of the mill rock n' roll album. Example, after I play the CD, it stops spinning and just hangs out in the tray. Not moving. Then a powerful sensation from within and the idea of pressing the play button again enters the mind. Either some kind of alien magick, or a natural response to what I just heard?”
IYEZINE: Rated 8.3/10 - “...(The album) was grandiously produced between Rome and Los Angeles... It is composed of a batch of songs that underniably are a lot of fun to listen to, and with the broadest of appeals: the band, with songstress HERMA at the helm (gifted with a sensual, hot n 'spicy voice which is tremendously cool), ranges over street hard rock and moves on to groove metal, then on again to industrial patterns that accentuate the rhythm solutions, making the result both devious and mesmerizing.”
SUONI DISTORTI MAGAZINE: “The album “Hell Over Hell”... is one of a kind. Rich with diverse sounds, with fast rhymes and lyrics born out of street-life and sheer imagination, along with countless special effects and cinematographical references”
CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE: Rated 8/10 - “A time trip through metal and its contaminations: from NWOBHM, to electronica, to arrive at RAMMSTEIN.”
WISDOM MAG 17: “A beautiful record indeed, a high-level debut that I suggest to those who enjoy the company of music that is fun but also very well crafted and packaged – the kind of music that has the power to alleviate the daily grind – and for this I refer you to their live show, where the band really shines.”
TEMPI DISPARI: “With a truly remarkable scenic endeavor, not only in their costumes, but also with their stage attitude, SICK N' BEAUTIFUL show a solid musical structure right from the very first notes. They strut with self-confidence, calling out to an audience that cheerfully plays along, song after song.”
MEDIA E SIPARIO: “The band/alien crew presents itself to the crowd with a strong, colorful mixture of rock that is very catchy to the ear (by building on a pop matrix)... A pleasantly fuzzy hybrid that allows HERMA (lead vocals) to play many roles – a thing that would be very difficult to pull off if the band were to rest in a single musical space”
ROMA DAILY NEWS: “Versatile and at ease, they own the stage: tight as a brickwall, intense, with just the right amount of “noise”, precise, distorted and direct. Joyously profound.”