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Review: Midnattsol - The Metamorphosis Melody
The Metamorphosis Melody

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 56:19
Tracks: 11
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 26, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
The Metamorphosis Melody

Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)

2011 has been a productive year for Gothic, female-fronted Symphonic Metal bands, with new albums from Leaves' Eyes, Imperia and now Germany's Midnattsol. The Metamorphosis Melody is the third full-length from Midnattsol and, like most albums in this genre, is crunchy and heavy in some places while smooth and moody in others. And, of course, it is perfectly executed with nary a note out of place.

While The Metamorphosis Melody is like other albums in this genre in that there are some wonderful songs, like "A Poet's Prayer," "Forlorn" or the oddly titled "Kong Valemons Kamp," and some that just don't grab the listener with the same urgency ("Spellbound," "Motets Makt"), Midnattsol has done a fine job of capturing the melancholy sound necessary to make a Gothic Metal album work. Singer Carmen Elise Espenæs may not possess the same power as her peers (not that that diminishes the beauty of her voice in any way) but she uses her voice to convey emotion very effectively. The rest of the band lends the appropriate mix of guitars and keyboards one expects from Gothic Metal.

The Metamorphosis Melody is a quality album of Gothic Metal that is just a few more great songs away from being a classic.

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