|Review: Eterea - Legend|
Year released: 2023
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: August 1, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)
Nightwish opened the doors for so many female-fronted, symphonic metal bands, the number is likely beyond count at this point. Italy's Eterea, made up of singers Monica Marozzi and Stefano Corradini and several guests, are yet another new face in that crowd. Their debut, titled Legend, is a good example of how to do this style right. They don't really sound like Nightwish per se, but they appear to have the same knack for combining simple, direct playing with some incredibly beautiful vocal melodies to come up with truly catchy songs. There are a few songs that are just OK, like "Calypso Lullaby," but more of them had me strumming the air guitar like "Waterland," "You Came Home," and my favorite, "The Last Dragon." This one has a "Deep Silent Complete" or "Nemo" feel in the way the guitars and vocal lines work together. I don't want to keep comparing Eterea to Nightwish, but I guess there are worse ways to compliment a band. Even the ballad "You Are My Angel" is beautifully written and played. Will Legend supplant Once or Oceanborn? Of course not, but it is a very good symphonic metal album that should appeal to Tarja-era Nightwish fans as well as other acts such as Xandria, Edenbridge, Delain, etc.
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