REVIEW OF THE ALBUM OF THE BAND ENEMY OF REALITY “Rejected Gods”
ENEMY OF REALITY are a five pieces female fronted Symphonic Metal band from Greece who recently released their first album “Rejected Gods”by FYB Records & distributed in Greece by Trailblazer records.
ENEMY OF REALITY are…..
Iliana Tsakiraki:Lyric soprano
Steelianos : guitar
Philip Stone: drums
– Androniki Skoula (Chaostar)
– Maxi Nil (Jaded Star, ex-Visions of Atlantis)
I was taken surprise by this album expecting the usual symphonic metal sound to repeat without any new sound,but this album is something else and very special, with different influences from classical music & opera to progressive & heavy metal.
One perfect intro, setting the flavour of one epic album, powerful arrangements with back operatic female voice.
Medusa was a gorgon having the face of hideous human with living venomous snakes in place of hair. The title is not by chance, as Medusa attempts to avoid looking into her eyes represent avoiding ostensibly depressing reality that the universe in meaningless. Enemy Of Reality with a wise way show to us why they choose the name of the band.
This track was composed by Christos Antoniou (SepticFlesh – Chaostar)
RUNNINING TIME: 1.39.MIN
2.MY OWN MASTER (FT.MIKE LEPOND):
The track start with heavy bass, strong guitar and drums kick with a speed tempo and the voice of Iliana come in so clear and melodic and passage to operatic tempo with choir. This unique voice follow a perfect music dialogue of solo guitar and powerful keyboards. A wonderful song with the special appearing of Mike Lepond of Symphony- X.
RUNNING TIME: 4.08.MIN
3. LIFELESS EYES :
In this song the voice of Iliana guide you in emotional paths, give you a melodic but also and a strong sound. The female voice commanding that nearly overpowered by the power of music. The guitar with the background keyboards work great.
RUNNING TIME: 3.30.MIN
4.NEEDLE BITES (FT AILYN GIMENEZ):
So this is the best combination! Two female voices with different range. In this song the two voices mixed with rhythmic harmony . The orchestration kick with epic gusto. Perfect balance between the singers and the powerful arrangements. Marvelous!
5.ONE LAST TRY
Strong guitar,bass and drums start this track as it enters into a very speedy tempo and begins to soar as strong female voice come in. Very good guitar solo and after the velvet voice!
RUNNING TIME :4.30.MIN
6.HER DESCENDING GHOST:
So now we have the first track of a four songs sequence based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, In this song the band start the story with a dramatic death of Eurydice by snakebite after her wedding with Orpheus. The sound is operatic but also has and a heavy metal influence. The female voice with the chorus leave us to imagine and get in the atmosphere of the mythic story!
7.THE BARGAINING (FT ANDRONIKI SKOYLA):
The second “concept” song has very different sound, opens with oriental epic intro, tragic mourn with symphonic choir after comes the male growls with the voice of Iliana and make an elegy.
In the story Orpheus go to underworld to faces Hades and claim back Eurydice soul. The voice of mezzo soprano Androniki Skoula gives to the song more emotion and restores the balance.
RUNNING TIME: 5.04.MIN
8.THE GRIEF DIVINE:
The keyboards begin to create a bright aura as the great orchestration creeps in with Iliana’s voice give you a tint of sadness that begin to soothe you. Is difficult for the artists to combine the music with the based story that here we have Orpheus come back to earth with his bride flowing him, but he makes the mistake to ignore the warning of Hades and look back to her.
Maybe the best song of the album .The keyboards is in one great crescendo, sounding in manic way with the guitar solo and the background symphonic chorus. Iliana sing very well to keep the balance of power between her voice and the powerful arragements .This is the final song of the story ,Orpheus lost again Eurydice and has tragic end from Maenads who tear him apart limb from limb and throw him in the river.
RUNNING TIME :4.43.MIN
10.TWIST OF TIME:
The track running along with Power metal number that suits the range of the female voice perfectly. Nice guitar solo lifting you great heights. The orchestration and choir tight very well with the heavy sound of guitar!
RUNNING TIME 4.19.MIN
11.STEP INTO THE LIGHT (FT MAXI NIL):
A gentle piano with the heavenly voice of Iliana start the song and then the beautiful voice of Maxi Nil ,one perfect duet!!! Very good ballad full of emotions, a perfect end to the album.This closing track was arranged by Renos Miliaris (SeptemberCode)
RUNNING TIME :3.32.MIN
The album ’s artwork has been designed by the super-talented Pierre Alain D. (3mmi Design) from France, while the recordings, mix & mastering were conducted by producer Mark Adrian.
A brilliant album is that every aspect of what to expect from bands of this genre. For me Enemy Of Reality are lucky because they have maybe the best soprano as singer. The voice of Iliana is one of the leaders in this genre. Highly recommended album.
For more info on Enemy of Reality visit their website http://enemyofreality.com or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enemy-Of-Reality-Official