|Review: Neverland - Ophidia|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: May 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (9 Votes)
Following nicely from their Reversing Time debut, the Greek/Turkish collaboration between Dreamtone and female vocalist Iris Mavraki known as Neverland are back with their second tome of symphonic prog-power, the bewitching Ophidia, and while they aren't quite up there with the best as of yet, this little beauty really pushes them into that realm. A very long album, Ophidia benefits from the songs and their characteristics; they stand as very individual entities, all serving as exemplar representations of the style, blending progressive attributes ala Shadow Gallery, Circus Maximus, with the catchy, melodic power sensibilities of Blind Guardian and Arwen, with a touch of early Angra and Vision Divine thrown in there (just to pan it out, you know). Between Oganalp Canatan and Mavraki, the band have an icy vocal approach – with neither vocalist really rattling the bolts – but they do the job and complement the music, which at times can be as complex as Japanese machinery.
Songs like the wonderful "No One Leaves The Hive", "Silence The Wolves" and slick opener "This Voice Inside" really make this worth investing in, as the possibilities for Neverland and their sophisticated methods shine though. And with guest spots from Urban Breed, Edu Falaschi, and the legendary Jon Oliva, there's not much more a melodic metal fan could ask for, is there now?
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