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Sound Storm 'To The Stars' [Single]


18/09/18 12:36PM

Formed in 2002, and hailing from Turin, Italy is symphonic power metal group Sound Storm. Having released several albums the band is back with their new single To The Stars after some line up changes, including the addition of two new vocalists - Andrea Racco and Chiara Tricarico, the latter who many will recognise from her days with fellow Italian power house Temperance. 

Line up: 

  • Chiara Tricarico - Vocals
  • Andrea Racco - Vocals
  • Valerio Sbriglione - Guitars
  • Rocco Mirarchi - Guitars
  • Massimiliano Flak - Bass
  • Elena Crolle - Keyboards
  • Mattia Rubino - Drums

I must have listened to To The Stars several dozen times over and over again, there's something powerful, sincerely romantic and utterly catchy about this song. The vocals are flawless and absolutely blow me away, the contrast between - and blend of - the voices of Andrea Racco and Chiara Tricarico is absolutely stunning and compliment each other to the highest degree.

If anything, the vocals are the star attraction of this song. The way Chiara Tricarico switches between lighter, almost airy, sweet and high vocals and her more power timbre is so smooth, she makes it seem effortless. Her range is truly astonding and To The Stars captures it in a truly magnificent way. Contrasting Chiara's voice with that of Andrea Racco's silky smooth, almost bass-baritone vocal style and the way he switches between beautiful notes and brutal growls - we get a complete picture that is absolutely marvellous, eargasmic even. 

Enough about the vocals! Musically the song itself is in a similar vein to some of Temperance's earlier works, combining spinning electronic sounds, dynamic keys and crunching guitars - yet, there's a certain magic here that makes the song punch! If we are comparing the styles of the two bands, I will hold my hands up and say that Sound Storm have produced something even better

10/10

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Author: Tayla Dickinson

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Savn 'Save Me' [Single]


15/09/18 11:22AM

Savn is a folk metal projected formed by members of Midnattsol and The Sins Of Thy Beloved, the band name roughly translates to Deprivation. Having release their debut self-titled album in 2014, the band is now gearing up for the release of their follow up - releasing Norwegian language single Fri last month, and their latest single Save Me this week. 

Line up:

  • Carmen Elise Espenaes - Vocals
  • Christoffer Nygaard - Vocals, guitar
  • Sareeta - Violin
  • Øyvind Lende - Bass
  • Jan Cato - Drums

Save Me opens with an almost cliché folk melody topped off by the pull of the violin, before diving into something far more on the rock spectrum. 

The vocals could be stronger on this single, it is clear to hear that Carmen is more comfortable singing in her mother tongue as on the previous single Fri. However, do not let this put you off - there is something charming and delicate in the timber of Carmen's vocals on this track that lend an arm of 'catchiness' to Save Me. The vocal melodies on this single remind me of tracks from Midnattsol's second release from 2008, Nordlys and that is by no means a bad thing. If one was to compare the two projects, we notice that Savn has a much lighter and less moody sound, and I hope that this is somthing that will be explored more, with more folk elements in the mix for the band's forthcoming second album. 

7/10

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Within Temptation 'The Reckoning' [Single]


14/09/18 05:36PM

Dutch symphonic rock/metal powerhouse Within Temptation are back for their long awaited seventh album. The upcoming album Resist is due December 14th 2018, and is set to include three collaborations - one of which we had the delight to land in our lap today. 

Line up:

  • Sharon den Adel - Vocals 
  • Robert Westerholt – Guitar
  • Stefan Helleblad – Guitars
  • Jeroen van Veen – Bass 
  • Ruud Jolie – Lead guitar 
  • Martijn Spierenburg – Keyboards
  • Mike Coolen – Drums 

The first single from Resist features Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix, who lends his voice for this explosive number. The Reckoning features a blend of heavy riffs, catchy hooks and an estatic electronic flair. There's something about this single that is dark yet extremely catchy, it's certainly an earworm as it spins around in my head. 

Jacoby Shaddix and Sharon den Adel - is a duet I never dreamed of, but it works, it's powerful and their voices completment each other in a really wholesome way. Shaddix's lower tones add new layers to the song, and his ocassional screams really punctuate the song in its more electronic elements, as well as adding a darker atmosphere in contrast to Sharon den Adel's sweeter voice. 

Something about this new style reminds me of Lacuna Coil's latest album Delirium, and if it wasn't for the drifting higher notes towards the end of the song, I might mistake it for a Lacuna Coil record. That is in no way a bad thing, as a fan of both Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation for over a decade, it is almost uncanny that both bands should evolve from very different directions into a similar sound. 

The Reckoning really brings something new to the table for Within Temptation, it brings an evolution to the band's sound that their last album Hydra did not capture. After a 4 year wait, Resist so far sounds promising and will be a record that we eagerly look forward to. 

9/10

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