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Review: Gaia Epicus - Symphony of Glory
Gaia Epicus
Symphony of Glory

Label: Sound Riot Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 52:58
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 27, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Symphony of Glory

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

This highly-touted band comes up with their second full-length, and it is almost every bit as derivative and bland as I expected it to be. I never actually heard their debut "Satrap", despite how many times they spammed my email about it. Apparently I didn't rate a promo of that one. Anyway, here I am with their follow-up, and while it isn't terrible, it has problems.

Problem number one: derivative, derivative, derivative. Now maybe if they were copycatting a band I loved I wouldn't bitch. But Gaia Epicus are trying so hard to sound like Gamma Ray it's almost embarrassing. Look at those song titles: is there a Power Metal cliché they missed? I can't find one. Now that doesn't make this band suck, and in fact the guitarwork on here is pretty cool, with a nice crispy tone and some good riffs. The songwriting is not bad, and the band sounds a bit like fellow Nords Highland Glory.

Problem number two: the vocals of Thomas Hansen (no relation to Kai, I assume) He's not a terrible singer, but he has bland tone, no sense of phrasing or emotion, and little charisma. Sometimes – and this is unforgivable in a studio production – he's definitively off-key. The vocal lines range from blah to bad, and so they add nothing to the music. If this band had better vocal melodies, and a better singer to sing them, then we might have something to conjure with.

So we have a decent band that is never going to be more than that unless they get a good singer and do something to distinguish themselves from the pack. The music on this disc is good enough, but there are no catchy vocals to sing along with, and so mostly you remember the bad parts. Not good. A band with potential, but as yet unrealized.

Postscript: BTW The album cover is one of the gayest things I have ever seen.

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