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Satyrian: Eternitas
Lion Music (2006) www.lionmusic.com
Those of you that were left with a bad taste in your mouth from the latest Theatre Of Tragedy and Lacuna Coil albums, fear not, there is another band on the horizon that brings back the abrasive sound and a whole lot more. The band is called Satyrian and making elaborate, soulful, racy, Goth inspired Metal is the name of their game. Actually, the band has far surpassed their peers, the music and arrangements on Eternitas is well written, structured and flat out smart. In no way could this album have been thought up in a flat somewhere over a couple of pints.

Satyrian is comprised of members of the already sensational bands Danse Macabre and The Dreamside. I don't need to further elaborate on their greatness. While the band isn't doing anything really groundbreaking, they do feature not one, not two, but three singers! You read that right, the band has two female vocalists and one male. Surprisingly, it's not confusing or sloppy, often times this happens when there are too many vocalists in the band. The stronghold of the album is the orchestration and arrangements of the music, as well as the vocals of Kemi Vita and Judith Stuber. The album offers a plethora of different styles from Dark Wave to Atmospheric, to Metal to Folk-inspired New Age hymns and they're all backed by elements of Classical music. My personal favorite is "Bridge Of Death", it sounds like it could have been written by Loreena McKennitt. It has the whole middle-eastern vibe going and works out well with the scheme of the album. Other highlights off of Eternitas are the haunting "This Dream", "Ewigkeit" and the Metal-injected "Haunted".

Honestly, I don't think any other band featuring a female vocalist could put out a better album than Eternitas this year. And it doesn't look like the competition is stiff either, save for the new Liv Kristine disc. Satyrian has my vote for best album of the year from a relatively unknown band. I highly recommed this disc to anybody that enjoyed the past works of Nightwish, Epica, Theatre Of Tragedy and Lacuna Coil.

By: Black Angel


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