THY SYMPHONY – A New Beginning
South America is not just a warmer climate for weather- it’s been a hot bed for metal bands to showcase their talent to. So many times I hear reports about the passionate fans from country to country there- and it is not surprising to have a huge upswing of domestic talent producing original music in their favorite genres. Active since 2001, Thy Symphony are a power metal band with symphonic tendencies (I bet you wouldn’t have guessed it from their band moniker, eh?) and their second album "A New Beginning" is a sprawling 81 minute affair with 15 tracks.
The six-piece employ dual vocalists of a male and female variety, mostly working in the operatic/ soprano range along with occasional power forays. Overall the songwriting just lacks major character or substance- you can tell the band love Nightwish, Rhapsody, and the like- but the riffing, keyboards, bass, and drumming is just uninspired and lackluster in terms of execution. I don’t mind the neo-classical keyboard orientation which can add tension to the proceedings- but if the guitars are not heavy, it’s difficult to classify the band in the metal genre.
Too many times in this world we have the greatest of intentions but falter on the lack of proper attention to the details at hand. I do realize in today’s instant gratification economy, people are willing to sacrifice quality in the need to just release their creativity- but I sincerely believe Thy Symphony need to go back to the drawing board if they wish to make any sort of impact outside of Brazil with their music. Real instrumentation needs to be at the forefront for metal’s future- not a reliance on the latest computer technology.