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Review: Andem - Daughter of Moonlight (Doch’ Lunnogo Sveta)
Daughter of Moonlight (Doch’ Lunnogo Sveta)

Label: Irond
Year released: 2009
Tracks: 10
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 7, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Daughter of Moonlight (Doch’ Lunnogo Sveta)

Rated 4.57/5 (91.43%) (7 Votes)

Russia's Andem has been labeled a lot of things on the web; Gothic Metal, Power Metal, and Melodic Metal. I thought of them as Symphonic Metal when I first spun their latest release Daughter of Moonlight (or Moonlight's Daughter or Doch' Lunnogo Sveta in Russian). In reality, it doesn't matter what label you choose, as they are all accurate. Regardless of label, Andem's Daughter of Moonlight is an excellent album. Female-fronted, by the talented Yuliana Savchenko, and sung entirely in Russian, Andem may not challenge the Tarja-era Nightwish for the throne of Symphonic Metal, but they deserve a place at the head table.

Opening with the mandatory intro piece, "Principium et Fons," Daughter of Moonlight kicks it in to high gear right away with "Guardian of Swords," which features a huge riff and enough speed to please the most discriminating Sonata Arctica fan. "Daughter of Moonlight" features some great choirs on the chorus to go along with the double bass and soaring keys. The rest of Daughter of Moonlight follows much the same patter; speedy drumming, crunchy guitars and majestic keyboards. And over it all are the vocals of Savchenko, which are more like Annette Olzon than Tarja Turunen in range (keeping with the inevitable Nightwish comparisons). And to keep things interesting, Andem throw in some harsh (but not too harsh) male vocals on "The Way to Pandemonium" and "Master and Margarita." This provides some great counterpoint to the female vocals and helps keep the album from getting stale halfway through. The rest of the band are either simply competent musicians or are content to let Savchenko be front and center, as they are not as flashy (for Symphonic Metal, anyway) as some other bands in this genre tend to be.

Daughter of Moonlight is an extremely enjoyable release by Andem and should be checked out by all fans of Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Oratory, early Dark Moor and the like.

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