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The Ravages Of Time
September 2017
Released: 2017, Independent
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Our UK staff had discovered this band from Northern Ireland a number of years ago and had written a few reviews of their early material. With the release of the bands sophomore effort, THE RAVAGES OF TIME, I decided to get on board and share my North American perspective.

The band have decided to continue on the independent route and in June released their 11 track, 53 minute long album. The trio has continued their tradition of having scenes of rugged coastline on their various singles, EP’s and album covers. The cover looks like it could belong on a progressive/Power Metal album with an hourglass revealing perhaps an alternate universe. The aforementioned trio of Alford, Conner and Lyons have maintained the same roster for their entire career, to date.

Selene are a progressive, symphonic Power Metal band, led by the enchanting and operatic styling’s of Lyons. Her lovely voice soars and she has a very sweet tone that can compete with the myriads of Euro-song-birds who compete for our attention, because this is admittedly a very popular, crowded and competitive sub-genre. All the familiar touchstone bands are present as an over-arching influence, Nightwish, Epica and so on, but the band has perhaps a bit more of rock sensibility. All of the cuts, with one exception are in the four minute range with good choruses and simple, elegant arrangements that hit a melodic sweet-spot. THE RAVAGES OF TIME is heavy and crunchy but none too abrasive.

Some of my favoruite cuts are the heavier ones, buried a little deeper in the album, specifically, ‘Our Regrets’ and ‘Kingdom’ which subtly amplify the tempo and energy. Another highlight for me is the awkward titled ‘Calm Before The Flame’ with some very nice energy. When the double-kick drums are present they sound great and it is hard to believe they are programmed. The album closes with a monster 11 minute epic called ‘The End Of Time’ which, at about the seven-minute has a wonderful cascading piano line that would have been a hit if it was on a Trans-Siberian Orchestra album. The whole composition is a tour-de-force of multiple moods, tones and intensities.

I really enjoyed my first experience with Selene. Even though it is an independent release it, if you are a fan of this style, it would be worth your effort and few dollars to support this excellent young band.
Track Listing

1. New Era
2. The Great Heart
3. Ashes
4. Calm Before the Flame
5. Burning Bridges
6. If Tomorrow Never Came
7. Our Regrets
8. Kingdom
9. Wonderland
10. This Life
11. The End of Time


John Connor Guitars, Keyboards, Drum programming
Thomas Alford Bass
Shonagh Lyons Vocals



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