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REVIEW OF THE ALBUM OF ROSE AVALON “Northern Strenghts”

ROSE AVALON : Northern Strengths (2013)

ROSE AVALON are a 5 pieces female fronted symphonic metal band from Barcelona, Spain.

The line-up is:

Rose Avalon – Vocals

Oscar Lelina – Guitar

Jordi V – Bass

Sergio Gonzalez – Keyboards

Albert Agullo – Drums

ImageROSE AVALON – ‘Northern Strengths’ (Album, 2013)

1.CAPIO MEA FIDES: The album begins with a song which has a sweet piano and choral arrangements. The female voice comes and ties with the keyboards. The lyrics say : ” Heaven’s doors will be closed for me” but for us the heaven’s doors open with this melody. The female voice is melodic and powerful; while the guitars have an excellent performance. Guitar’s solos are amazing. It’s an excellent choice of a song for the beginning of the album.

RUNNING TIME:3.59 MIN

RATING: 9.8

2.EARTH: The second track opens with a melodious piano introducing the woman’s velvety voice which comes out softly to our ears as a beautiful choral. The guitars are speeding up a high power of sound flirting with the female voice and keyboards. The lyrics are fabulous. This song is a sample of an excellent cooperation between the guitars and the female voice.

RUNNING TIME:4.08 MIN

RATING: 9

3. LIFE :  The third track of the album has the title “life” and it’s an extremely too complex song with its own influences as and its own life. Here we have much folk evidence and the symphonic switches and composes a masterpiece. The female voice and the piano are flirting in music. Also the flute and the violin works perfectly with the keys. Its lovely orchestration travels you through music.

RUNNING TIME:5.24 MIN

RATING: 9

4.SEVEN HUNDRED MILE: Here in this piece the band brings out it’s dynamic with the help of the bass and guitar, the female voice completes their stand. It is a strong track with perfect lyrics.

RUNNING TIME:4.13 MIN

RATING: 9

5. COURAGE AND PAIN: In this track for the first time shows its dark side. Here the song looks like the sea, one moment is calm and peaceful and the next all out of the sudden burst into angry waves. The female voice escorted by the instrumentation opens the piece with a strong tempo and a special symphonic style. And again this velvety female voice with the piano calms down the song so to begins this dynamic sound again. A perfect song with a great female performance.

RUNNING TIME:5.23 MIN

RATING: 9

6. MY SAD MARTYRDOM: The dark side of the album continues with this song. The melody haunts you down and the combination of female vocals and piano is excellent. After of the mysteriously atmospheric drums opening and the guitars outburst, all tie out perfectly giving a wonderful musical score. All instruments have special moments with its riffs and solos creating musical images and feelings.

RUNNING TIME:5.57 MIN

RATING: 10

7.  EMPTY HEARTS : A powerful and explosive piece yet with electric guitar sound and symphonic keys at the beginning. The Female Voice entry is loud and has a playful tone coloring the guitars riffs and the drums rages out.There are some backing male vocals into play that they add to the song a dark feeling. A Very nice song with many rock and classic symphonic metals influences.

RUNNING TIME:4.22 MIN

RATING: 10

8. CRYSTAL TEARS: The song opens with the sad sound of the key’s and the female’s voice. It emits to the listener a somber note. If you let yourself free to the sound, you can a take a somber music travel. The lyrics are strong full of emotions with an excellent music orchestration.

RUNNING TIME:4.43 MIN

RATING: 10

9.FROM MY DARKNESS:The song starts with the musical dialogue of the drums, the guitar and the input of the female voice with a loud orchestration and obscure mood. To appease the song follows the melody voice accompanied by the piano. It has a variation in sound waking up opposite feelings. It’s one of the smallest track in duration of the album but it has it all.

RUNNING TIME:3.56 MIN

RATING: 9,7

10. SHERING THE PATH THROUGH TIME: The melodic female voice opens the track dominated with symphonic elements by adding guitar riffs with strong tempo. One song with many different musical elements and very good guitar solo.

RUNNING TIME:4.22 MIN

RATING: 10

11. MY NORTHERN STAR: Here we have a song with folk elements that combines symphonic elements with female voice supported by the keyboards and it ends up a pleasing audio result. It’s a very good song stands out the musical mood of the band. The inspiration is spread all over and it could be characterized as the audio signal which can represent the band.

RUNNING TIME:4.26 MIN

RATING: 10

12. THE MOON OVER AVALON: And that’s how the album ends. A song with a dark mood that you would think it could lead to the gothic mood with all the importance of expressing that genre / The gothic musical journey is typically done with perfect harmonious cooperation between the voice and all music instruments. In 3.46 minutes the song has made a summary of the significant amount of work that has been done by the band.

RUNNING TIME:3.45 MIN

RATING: 9

This first album has perfect songs and if this is the beginning of the band you can imagine what else to expect in the future. All the musician’s are excellent, the female voice is special and keyboards have an exceptional quality. The album can easily be described as one of the best recently released albums and a promise that the band will evolve into a remarkable band in our music genre. It’s highly recommended to all kind of music lovers, not only to listen it but also to add it in your music collection.

RATING: 9.54/10

For more info on Rose Avalon check out their link https://www.facebook.com/roseavalon?fref=ts

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