A diverse collection of symphonic tinged music this week, as different as it is similar.
Camerata Mediolanense offered up Vertute, Honor, Bellezza as their latest release. It is, as one might expect from this band, full of darkwave ambient neo-classical apocalyptic folk. If there is a middle ground between bands like Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and the goth-tinged symphonic metal that is so popular, this might be it. This Italian band produce music that is unapologetic and dense. It does, however, reward multiple listens, especially with headphones. As you might imagine from the title, the music is exclusively in Italian. “Solo et Pensoso” is a highlight with its abundance of French horn and kettle drum. It is hard to deny the dark beauty of all of this.
Lux Interna have a new album called There is light in the body, there is blood in the sun and boy, it is a strange one. This is very much a dark ambient soundscape-type of an album most of the time. But there are elements of doom and darkwave about it as well. It is very minimalist in its approach, but just as effective as some of the heavily symphonic albums of a similar type. They are even known to toss in tribal rhythms on songs like “Wounded Stag”. This is an album not for the faint-hearted and it does take some effort to find its beauty and strength. If in the background, the tunes do tend to blend into one another which could be a problem for some.
Tarja is about to release Colours in the Dark and it is quite the album. It is more akin to the type of material she released as part of Nightwish rather than the more ethnic material she released on her last live album. The highlight of this album without a doubt was oddly left to last in the form of “Medusa”. It is a duet with Justin Furstenfeld that evokes that symphonic metal that we love Tarja to sing. On the rest of the album, Tarja manages to keep her sometimes histrionic singing in check and make it about her song rather than her clear ability. This is a solid album from start to finish that will please fans of the Tarja of old. This is, like most of Tarja’s solo output, an album that requires a few listens to get into, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Siren’s Cry have Scattered Horizons on offer and what an offer it is. To a certain extent the album comes over like a female-fronted Dream Theater and Symphony X. But at other times there are hints of jazz and straight-up power metal. Not that it matters much as the band combine all the elements effectively into an infectious mixture of epic metal goodness. What is most impressive is that this is the Austrian band’s debut release. It is a solid effort that does not suffer from many of the bugbears found on debuts, like poor sound or a lack of decent songs. Expect big things from this band in the future on the international stage.
That is all for this week, stay safe and rocking my friends.Powered by Sidelines