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Review: Akoma - Revangels

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 45:34
Tracks: 9
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 23, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Revangels, the debut from Denmark's Akoma, is the band's first full-length foray into the Symphonic/Gothic Metal arena following a couple of EPs and a demo. This band has been around since 2004 and I don't know why it took so long before a label like Massacre Records picked them up but they obviously spent the time practicing as they are tight. The songwriting is sound even if the songs could use some catchier choruses but that's the only knock. The atmosphere is lush, the keys and guitars work in concert and vocalist Tanya Bell is a true talent. She has that rare combination of operatic range and warm emotion that coexist in so few symphonic singers. Her voice is beautiful and the duet with former Leaves' Eyes singer Liv Kristine on the title track is the album's highlight. There are no weak tracks and the album simply lacks a killer song or two that would have had Akoma rubbing elbows with Delain, Xandria, Voices of Destiny and Nightwish. Symphonic Metal fans take note, this is a promising start for Akoma.

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