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Released: 2016, Indie
I feel one of the greatest developments in Metal in the last decade or so is the massive rise in popularity of female-fronted epic/gothic/symphonic/neo-classical bands. These bands blend heaviness and classical so seamlessly that they also bridge the gap between fans of heavy Metal and other genres, hence the popularity of many of these bands.
Lengenda Aurea fall nicely into this category as this Swiss quintet have just independently released their third album AEON. I’m sure they mist have chosen to stay independent on purpose as the quality of this band is so high they could easily sign to any of the big European labels very easily.
Employing a classic ‘beauty and the beast’ dual vocal delivery it works very well with Simone Christinat on lead female vocals. Her operatic delivery reminds me on many of the European songbirds and her tone reminds me most of all of the sublime voice of Sabine Edelsbacher of Edenbridge. Her voice is very sweet and soars but also matched nicely with the gruff but not unintelligible male vocals. Apparently, she was in the line-up in the fading days of the now defunct Elis. The band is symphonic but not overly so, orchestral components interweave nicely with lots of Metal guitar. They are heavier than some of their contemporaries but still very melodic. ‘The Seventh Wish’ is a highlight for me, a great song with an excellent arrangement and tempo. The keyboards are well played adding lots of good atmosphere to the largely quick songs.
AEON is a little on the short side running for 36 minutes compared to their last album ELLIPSIS, from a full five years ago, which ran for over an hour. The line-up has stayed stable and this might be the album that gets them a bit more attention from the Metal community. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another six years between albums! Legenda Aurea are as good as any of the bigger name bands in this genre and worth your time to enjoy the new album.
2. The Seventh Wish
4. Eternal Essence
7. Internal Enemy
Simone Christinat Vocals
Odilo von Ins Guitar
Michael Herkenrath Bass
Renato Trinkler Keyboards
Philipp Eichenberger Drums
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