Origins of the 7 Deadly Sins is the debut album by the Greek duo known as AkrΩn, out on the US label, Hypervoxx Recordings. There is a blending of many elements, from such genres as darkwave, ebm/industrial, movie soundtracks, and almost, dare I say, new age.
This album strikes me as a soundtrack to some unknown movie, like a sequel to Blade Runner, which contains a fusion of classical orchestral sounds and futuristic synth lines. The music has a majestic, sweeping quality which glides through the industrial/darkwave arena, carrying the listener along for an enjoyable ride. Highlights of the album include "Hermit", the most grandiose-sounding track, "Resurrection", the most EBM, and "Killing Time" a most energetic, catchy track.
There are some fleeting female vocals in the introduction track, and also on "Resurrection", but other than that, this is an instrumental album. Instrumental albums are fine, but they can easily slip into the "background music" category. I believe Origins of the 7 Deadly Sins teeters on the edge of that line, but manages to pull through. The addition of more vocals or samples might be a nice touch, but they might not fit within the musical tapestry that AkrΩn has woven.
Origins of the 7 Deadly Sins is a technically impressive album, production-wise, especially for a debut release. This album is certainly a soundtrack for the future of AkrΩn, one that I would say looks very bright for them, indeed.