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CD review NEOPERA "Destined ways"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2014 von Markus W. in Neopera, Gamma Ray, Dark Age, Symphonic Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, CD Review, Yngwie Malmsteen, News

(8/10) Rocking news from Hamburg. The city, which is known as the native town from bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray and Dark Age, to name just a few of them, revealed a new band/project. The name: Neopera. Nomen et omen when it comes to the band. Neopera combines metal with classical music. I would say that "Destined ways" can be seen as a rock/metal opera in the best sense of the word. 

But let's start from the beginning. Jörn Schubert, by the way lead guitarist at Dark Age, had an interest in classical music before he started to explore metal music by listen e.g. to Judas Priests "Painkiller. The first idea of merging both genres came when he listened to Malmsteen's "Marching out".  He liked the idea of this kind of melange, but he wanted to let it sound slightly fifferent than what he heard from the Swedish guitar wizard, but also from bands like Nightwish. 

It was already in 2010 when Schubert started to realize his dream. The first important step was to find some musicians which could help him in this project. The first one was Dirk Schlächter from Gamma Ray who joined. With Nina Jiers and Thorsten Schuck two experienced singers joined Neopera and everything got more shape and form.

The result of all this is the debut of Neopera which is called "Destined ways". It's a refreshing way of interpreting the often stressed word of "Symphonic Metal. It sounds to me more complete and thought through. Doubtless there are some song (-fragments) like "Remote" which show parallels to Dark Age. Not a big surprise thinking about the fact that Schubert is since many years a crucial part in the Dark Age songwriting process. What makes the album interesting is the mix between heavy stuff like the opener "The marvel of chimera" and the six minutes long "The greed" on one side and the operatic songs like e.g. "Falling water" and "Last pantomine" on the other side. A real musical delicacy is the title track. It's a real heavy metal riff that kicks-off the track. Great vocal lines give the tune a special charm, while the Malmsteen-like solo from Schubert half way shows where the inspiration for the album comes from.

The sound of the album is powerful and organic. The production definitely supports the expression of the music in an excellent way. Eike Freese did a good job. 

What I like with the album is the consequent way Schubert goes with his roject. He doesn't only add a classical touch to metal music. He really merged both genres and created an interesting album which has a lot of things to discover. I'm already curious how this will work on the Wacken stage this year.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The marvel of chimera
  2. A call to arms
  3. Remote
  4. Destined ways
  5. Falling water
  6. The greed
  7. Error
  8. Last pantomine
  9. Equilibria
  10. Requiem
  11. Song of revenge
  12. The unspeakable

 

Label: earMusic/Edel

Genre: Symphonic Metal

CD review NEOPERA "Destined ways"