|Review: Symmetrya - Eternal Search|
Label: Force Majeure Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 26, 2007
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Here we have another debut from a band I know next to nothing about. Hooray. Symmetrya are a Brazilian band that surprisingly do not sound as if they just came from an Angra fellatio session, which is a rather refreshing change. No, this is much more along the lines of bands like older Edguy (think Vain Glory Opera with a better production and weaker songwriting, and you'd have the basic idea) or perhaps even Australian Power Metal giants Black Majesty (again, though, with weaker songwriting). There's nothing particularly flowery on display here, but rather a rock-solid rhythm section fronted by a wall of crisp, punchy Power Metal riffage and the midranged vocals of one Jurandir Junior, whose vocals are admittedly the weakest link here - being a somewhat weaker version of Black Majesty's Gio Cavaliere - but hell, it's a debut, I'll cut them some slack.
The biggest flaw here is that this is still a young band struggling for an identity, and there's nothing too captivating here. It's solid melodic Power Metal, but it doesn't do anything to really stand out from the pack. It's not proggy, nor thrashy, or even particularly aggressive. There are no crazy neoclassical solos or keyboard runs, no falsetto madness, no ball-crushing heaviness, nothing at all, not even a set of polished, catchy melodies or choruses. The solos are good fun, and tracks like "Lost" or "Learn to Live" are fine examples of melodious accomplishment, but they don't stand out from the rest of the pack of Edguy clones floating around these days. This isn't bad, but it's not great either. Symmetrya are worth keeping an eye on, as they have a tight and well-played sound, and this is only a debut, so they will likely improve with future releases. Get it if you're curious.
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