Anmeldt av Matt Coe(Massacre Records, 2017)
Slowly ascending the independent ranks through three EP releases from 2005-2012, Danish symphonic metal band Akoma finally gained the attention of Massacre Records to issue their first full-length in "Revangels". Gaining the opportunity locally over that time to support Leaves' Eyes and play numerous festivals, the quintet stride into this effort like seasoned veterans - as well they should, because this is a diverse effort that embraces the operatic and dramatic aspects of the genre, yet also never forsakes the heaviness and aggression necessary to keep things metal.
The double bass and churning guitars contrast against the keyboard strains and sultry Tanya Bell melodies for an early highlight "Change of Propensity"- the verses hypnotic in mid-tempo allure while the instrumental sections turn up the energy. "Humanity" is a stirring power ballad, drummer Rune Frisch pushing differentiation through particular fills as the keyboards and clean guitar framework delights in a comforting, Within Temptation manner. The heavier, speedier sections of "Heartless Deceiver" carry a little Kamelot-oriented drama against the normal Nightwish cinematic flair, Tanya once again soaring to the heavens and holding out some intense high notes. The title track even gets an assist from ex-Leaves' Eyes singer Liv Kristine, probably a sure-fire live hit when Akoma perform as it's got one of those enchanting guitar/keyboard hooks and supplementary operatic vocal work to get crowds singing and chanting along.
Alexander Krull at Mastersound Entertainment handles all the recording, mixing, and mastering duties - a veteran at his craft to let the quintet succeed sonically. A tidy effort in the genre (most symphonic metal albums go over an hour, this one even with a bonus cut barely tips 45 minutes), "Revangels" has cross-pollination appeal for those into all facets of the genre. European artists keep this style on track due to their wide array of influences and attention to detail, so add Akoma to the list of must watch bands because of this record.
23.03.2017: CULTES DES GHOULES - Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love
22.03.2017: MORS PRINCIPIUM EST - Embers Of A Dying World
21.03.2017: GJENDØD - Nedstigning
20.03.2017: RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW - Memories in Rock – Live in Germany
20.03.2017: LUX PERPETUA - The Curse of the Iron King
19.03.2017: WRATH OF ECHOES - A Fading Bloodline
18.03.2017: MAGNET - Feel Your Fire
17.03.2017: CUT UP - Wherever They May Rot
17.03.2017: AVENFORD - New Beginning
16.03.2017: PRIDE OF LIONS - Fearless
16.03.2017: POPPY SEED GRINDER - Bleeding Civilization
15.03.2017: BLACK SITES - In Monochrome
15.03.2017: PERSEFONE - Aathma
14.03.2017: BAD BONES - Demolition Derby
14.03.2017: AEGRI SOMNIA - Ad Augusta Per Angusta
13.03.2017: CAGE OF CREATION - III
13.03.2017: OBSCENITY - Retaliation
12.03.2017: CURSE OF DENIAL - The 13th Sign
12.03.2017: KEISER - The Succubus
11.03.2017: GROG - Ablutionary Rituals