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Review: Fairyland - Osyrhianta

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 57:06
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: August 16, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (8 Votes)

Fairyland was one of the myriads of power metal bands that sprung up on either side of the new millennium, notable for being the landing spot of singer Elisa Martin after she left Dark Moor. They released three decent albums between 2003 and 2009 then went dark until this album, 2020's Osyrhianta. For those unfamiliar with their earlier work, the band name says it all about what to expect from this band, that being fantasy-themed power metal and though that means "flowery" (not that there's anything wrong with that), Fairlyland have some crunch and grit woven into the album as well. Singer Francesco Cavalieri has a rough but melodic mid-range, not unlike Rob Rock, Herbie Langhans, etc., which suits the music though his style doesn't separate him from his peers in any immediately recognizable way. On the other hand, it is great to hear Elisa Martin belting out a couple of songs as her powerful voice is always welcome, in my opinion.

Osyrhianta is a follow-up of sorts from Fairyland's debut Of Wars in Osyrhia and is very much in the same vein musically and lyrically. The performances are good, the hooks and choruses are catchy, and the medieval melodies crafted by keys and synthesized folk instruments add to the atmosphere. If you didn't like this kind of stuff back in the day, Osyrhianta doesn't do anything so different that it is likely to change your mind. If you did like this stuff, it isn't breaking new ground or doing it so well it will blow you away, either. At the end of the day, though, I liked it a lot (in no small measure due to the presence of Martin) and it is an enjoyable, well-played slice of fantasy-themed power metal with enough catchiness to make it a safe bet for the devotees.

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