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Review: Oryad - Sacred & Profane
Sacred & Profane

Label: Independent
Year released: 2023
Duration: 45:18
Tracks: 10
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 13, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Sacred & Profane

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

When you see this is described as "Symphonic Metal" and that it has a female singer, then you will get an idea of what this sounds like, but you would not be spot on. There's nothing really Power Metal about this, and it is more in line with Gothic bands like Xandria, though it's not all goth all the time. Oryad have a different kind of sound, mixing Goth Metal heaviness with vocal-led arrangements and quite a bit of piano added in to give it a vintage kind of sound. Singer Moira Murphy has a lovely instrument to work with, mixing in operatic inflection with a lot of power and range. She knows how to work her voice, and she knows how to sell a song. The compositions could be more focused, but the songs will keep you interested from moment to moment, even if they don't come together as well as they could. A good debut from a band doing something a little bit different.

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