|Review: Amberian Dawn - Re-Evolution|
Label: Suomen Musiikki
Year released: 2013
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 1, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Amberian Dawn has been around since 2006 but despite playing female-fronted Symphonic Power Metal, one of my favorite genres, I had not heard them prior to 2013's Re-Evolution. As the title subtly implies, the album is composed of previously released Amberian Dawn songs that have been re-recorded with new singer Capri, who replaces original vocalist Heidi Parviainen. Since I haven't heard the band's prior work I went into Re-Evolution with no expectations. What I got was some high quality Power Metal complete with copious double-kick drums, keyboard and guitar flourishes and catchy choruses. Capri sounds quite similar to Ancient Bards singer Sara Squadrani and since both bands play the same style the sound of Re-Evolution is going to strike a positive chord with anyone who enjoyed The Alliance of the Kings. Capri doesn't have an operatic voice, just a powerful mid-range that meshes with the music perfectly. Like most bands in this genre Amberian Dawn aren't out to re-write the rule book or push the envelope so Re-Evolution's songs aren't going to blow you away but they will have you singing and foot-tapping by the time the first chorus of opening track "Valkyries" rolls around.
It's never easy to replace a singer in today's Heavy Metal so I'm sure there will be fans of Amberian Dawn's past works, with their original singer, who won't warm to Capri, but they will be missing out. Re-Evolution is an excellent example of female-fronted Symphonic Power Metal.
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