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Review: Adyta - Rose of Melancholy
Rose of Melancholy

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 21:39
Tracks: 5
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: June 23, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Rose of Melancholy

Rated 3/5 (60%) (6 Votes)

Adyta is a new project from Norwegian guitarist and composer Joakim Severinsen, featuring female vocals courtesy of ex-Visions of Atlantis singer Melissa Ferlaak. It's pretty hard to pigeon-hole this release as it features influence from across the spectrum, taking parts from Prog and Power as well as Death Metal parts wrapped up in a symphonic overtone - with growls handled by ringleader Joakim Severinsen. From the initial listen it's easy to tell this is strictly studio stuff, the bass is inaudible and the drums bear that tinny programmed feel, however when everything gets going things do sound quite cool. Melissa's vocals are your standard female operatic style, although there is some mysterious cooing giving a banshee-like feel to the sound and of course creating an atmosphere. Some of the guitar and roaring passages remind of Wintersun which certainly sits well with me. Throughout consecutive listens of this EP, I found a lot of this is very rough around the edges, although I can see as plain as day that with a full backing band and superior production we could be on to something cool. Touches of brilliance can be heard throughout; the title track is a pretty good song opening with dramatic keyboards with a tasty guitar lead the swoops over, this song features some of the cooler Wintersun moments mentioned earlier.

"Gjennom Tiden" is a throw-away ballad that really doesn't evoke much of a reaction from me, although the guitar solo is handled well. "Of a Captive Mind" is a cool track with some nice folky melodies and some awesome Opeth-inspired moments that again sit quite well with me. Opener "The Ophidian's Tongue" is another of the weaker tracks on offer with the guitar work being standard of the recent "Battle Metal" movement – however there is a nice phased guitar part that comes across very well. The growls leave a lot to be desired; although I'm dubious as to whether this is purely the fault of Joakim Severinsen as it could be down to the way they were recorded. Overall this is quite a rough debut that certainly shows some promise, however on the release itself there's nothing too fabulous to sink your teeth into. By all means check it out but I would recommend waiting to hear a full-length.

Standout Tracks; "Rose of Melancholy" and "Of a Captive Mind".

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