This is a zine dedicated to Symphonic and gothic metal

REVIEW OF THE ALBUM ””Arakhne” BY ENEMY OF REALITY

“Arakhne ” is a concept album based in greek mythology  according  to this Arakhne was a mortal weaver who challenged the goddess of wisdom and crafts Athena. Into the weaving contest the foolish over pride resulted in her being transformed into spider. Ok let’s talk about the music side now.In 2014 Enemy Of reality released their debut album in symphonic metal scene with a very good semi – concept album ” Rejected Gods”. Now with new keyboardist in their line up decide to release their second album.

Let’s see song by song what offer to us the album:

1. Martyr:

An orchestral – cinematic intro with some female vocals and spoken greek words leads up into the album.

RUNNING TIME : 1.45

RATING 6/10

2. Reflected:

The track covered with thunderous maniac drums too much for one that Iliana  sing in duet  with Fabio Lione from Rhapsody Of Fire . One minute before the end the electric guitar solo sounds very power and heavy. The song is without identity because the female voice try hard to give symphonic influence and she fight against the power metal sound and also to the male vocals.

RUNNING TIME : 4.05

RATING 7/10

3. Weakness lies within :

In the song reign on the melodic voice of Iliana, the sound remind us something from Delain, so we have a pop symphonic song  with power guitar solo after the 2.45 until 3.15 min.

RUNNING TIME : 4.25

RATING 7/10

4. Time immemorial :

The track opens with some keyboard work for 15 seconds and suddenly  theatrical female vocals combine with harsh male vocals.  think the band try to brink in the album some of Cradle of Filth influences but the male growls are far from the vocals of Dani.

RUNNING TIME : 4.28

RATING 6/10

5. Nouthetisis :

The track starts with Iliana to perform very nice some ancient greeks  , she reminds to me the voice of the great Diamanda Galas  ( why not Iliana is excellent in every way). In this song takes pert Jeff Waters from Annihilator . Oh yes this song is a diamond piece more symphonic metal with many Epica influences .In this track all the instruments work well even the guitar 30 seconds solo (again!) .

RUNNING TIME : 5.30

RATING 9/10

6. Afraid no more:

The piece starts with heavy percussion and guitars which drop away into rising chorus bringing Iliana’s soulful operatic vocals into play  before join the power electric solo again in the same time as all the songs before.

RUNNING TIME : 4.45

RATING 8/10

7. Showdown :

So in this song we listen a super duet of sopranos.Iliana sings together with Chiara Malvestiti ( Chrysalys) . The song follows the rules of symphonic metal very well with some good keyboards  and finally the drums and guitars in the second role until the 3.55

RUNNING TIME : 6.20

RATING 7/10

8. Taste of defeat :

In this song the band try to play something of Xandria nowadays sound , some progressive metal with some symphonic elements but without nice combination.

RUNNING TIME : 5.18

RATING 5/10

9. In hiding :

A fast paced and heavy track  with some driving bass lines and riffing guitars whilst the female vocals rise above the music.

RUNNING TIME : 4.31

RATING 7/10

10. I spare you :

A musically lighter track that begins with good operatic vocals lacked by soft keys before the guitar cut in leading into the chorus section.

RUNNING TIME : 3.58

RATING 6/10

11. Gift of curse :

The last song works well only if was a bonus track of the album!

RUNNING TIME : 4.12

RATING 5/10

Finally  the album is not bad but I demand more from Enemy Of Reality, they have  as singer Iliana  ( one of the best soprano) and they must play  symphonic metal , not power or progressive metal !!! I hope for them to get more confident in the future and make one album alone without guests, they don’t need the help of any big name because they are all very good musicians.

RATING 6.6/10

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