Midnattsol - The Metamorphosis Melody

7.6 | 74 votes |
Release date: 22 April 2011
Style: Folk metal, Gothic metal


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01. Alv
02. The Metamorphosis Melody
03. Spellbound
04. The Tide
05. A Poet's Prayer
06. Forlorn
07. Kong Valemons Kamp
08. Goodbye
09. Forvandlingen
10. Motets Makt
11. My Re-Creation
12. A Predator´s Prey [limited edition bonus]

Carmen Elise Espenæs - vocals
Daniel Fischer - keyboards
Alex Kautz - guitar
Chris Merzinsky - drums, percussion
Birgit Öllbrunner - bass, mouthharp
Daniel Droste - guitars, vocals

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Ag Fox
It has been well over a year since I last felt quite positive about a new female-fronted symphonic metal release. They all sound so samey and ordinary, y'know what I mean? Well, until this.

The Metamorphosis Melody doesn't break any moulds, nor do they just play their instruments "correctly", stick in a chick at vox and leave it at that. What sets this album apart is the songwriting. Whilst many albums in this crowded sub-genre tend to just have some melodic guitar leads every now and again to go with some semi-catchy choruses, what we have here is some solid riffing going on. The vocals don't dominate too much, but come out when they need to and gracefully let the heavy riffs (relatively speaking in this sub-genre) take centre stage. As far as melodic metal goes, I guess plenty would want to know how the vocalist sounds. Those not familiar with the band might want to take note that Carmen Elise Espenæs is the younger sister of Theatre Of Tragedy / Leaves Eye's Liv Kristine Espenæs, and I'd say she won't suffer from any comparisons. Imagine Liv Kritine's sweetness mixed with Tarja Turunen richness, then you'll have a rough idea of how Carmen sounds.

published 04.08.2011 | Comments (13)

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11.05.2011 - 16:20
Rating: 9
I don't know why but midnattsol are one of the most underrated bands around. They are really excellent and this 3rd album proves it once more. Very good Gothic / Folk Metal in my opinion. Highlight here is Forlorn and Kong Valemons Kamp IMO. Deserves a solid 9 for me!
Beware the Shadows of Dusk
17.05.2011 - 00:25
Rating: 9
This is their best yet I'd say. It's the awesomeness of Midnattsol on steroids... this band really kicked it into gear!
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Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
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