|Review: Akoma - The Other Side|
|The Other Side|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: April 20, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:The Other Side
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)
I often find female-fronted metal releases gliding through my letterbox, and normally they tend to sound like Nightwish. Even looking at the front cover of Akoma's The Other Side I pretty much knew what would befall me upon jamming this CD into my disc drive. The cover is almost interchangeable with that of other female-fronted bands, especially those who are around this stage in the career, without a label, sending CDs to guys like me. Anyways, pressing on to the music, I had a quick read through the press sheet and noticed they had Jacob Hansen on board for mixing (well they are Danish), at this point the plot thickened and I was more inclined to give this a listen.
Well thankfully, this isn't a Nightwish clone. Thank fuck! Akoma are actually pretty cool, sounding a lot like Epica and later After Forever, with a nice dosage of Evergrey in the mix which I'm totally down with. This music itself is pretty basic, with the keys and all that other fluffy stuff driving the sound. The riffs are left to chug, but they move through some sweet chord progressions, and it's certainly enjoyable. There's a certain charm to the aforementioned fluffy stuff here, in that it sounds quite DIY which I've actually found to be a welcome change from pompous orchestras: who needs the London Philharmonic when you've got a computer and Casio keyboard? I kid, I kid, they don't sound that DIY it's just a welcome break.
The vocals are serviceable, if a little too shrill for my liking. Fans of this style won't be disappointed, and for the most part this is good. I only wish the band would cut loose and pimp out some bloody riffs, there's a certain lack of speed which harms this. Sticking largely to the mid-pace, fortunately this is just under half an hour, but I really think one or two speedy numbers would really set this apart. Overall this is a pretty good release, and I'd certainly say Akoma have potential. Not bad at all!
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