|Review: Amberian Dawn - Innuendo|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: February 28, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Innuendo is the seventh full-length from Finland's Amberian Dawn. As you would expect from a Symphonic Power Metal band, you get guitars and keyboards working opposite ends of the melodic spectrum, intertwining then going in different directions all the while creating beautiful harmonies, all in support of the sweet vocals of lead singer Capri. The songs are very similar to what bands like Ancient Bards and Edenbridge do, though maybe half a notch lower in the songwriting department. There are plenty of faster, crunchier tracks, and these are just fine for the most part and should please any fan of female-fronted Power Metal. Where the album strays a bit too far outside the lines is on the ballad "Angelique" which is lovely to be sure but would be more at home in a Disney movie, and the unbelievably pop "Knock Knock Who's There" which should be on an ABBA album. I don't fault the band for trying something different but I grew up in the 70s and have had enough of the Swedish disco heroes and have heard enough Idina Menzel for a lifetime.
Innuendo is a good album and as I said fans of female-fronted Metal probably won't hate it, but I'll probably reach for Ancient Bards or Edenbridge first.
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