Released: 2011, Revalve Records
The importance of Nightwish on the evolution of and influence on symphonic, gothic, operatic type Metal cannot be understated. With their explosion of global popularity, this particular sub-genre has been one of, if not the fastest, expanding sub-genres of Metal in recent years. Every month many of these types of bands from around the world enter onto the scene. This month (in honour of International Women’s Day, March 8th) we are going to have a quick look at seven newer bands, all of whom have a female vocalist, and all have released new albums recently. They are Diabolus In Musica (Spain), Evenoire (Italy), Meden Agan (Greece), Scarleth (Ukraine), Silent Opera (Italy), Sin Heresy (Italy), and Xandria (Germany). If you like the neo-classic, symphonic (etc) sub-genre, feel free to read the reviews in this series.
The second of two Nightwish cover bands in this feature, (the other being Silent Opera) this young, Italian band have started writing original material as recently as 2011. The result is their debut EP, THE SPIDERS AND THE BUTTERFLY. The band has made some early strides with a good first impression. They choose a good name, have a cool logo, an intriguing title and have excellent cover art. These little things can go a long way when trying to have a career in the music business.
SIN HERESY employ the male-female counter-point vocal style. Vocalists Cecilia Petrini and Stefano Sain work off each other very well. She is the butterfly and he is the spider! Actually Petrini sings soprano and Sain sings rough but not too rough, just a nice juxtaposition. Her vocal solo showcase is the tender ballad ‘Forever Us’ with some strings and acoustic piano. The very nice song highlights her considerable vocal talent. The band is a six-piece with two keyboardists (and Petrini also plays the piano) but for all those keyboards the band don’t sound too drenched in keyboards. There is plenty of good crunchy guitar and the drums keep things moving. The band maintains a nice balance of symphonic and straight ahead Melodic Metal.
THE SPIDERS AND THE BUTTERFLY presents five songs and is 25 minutes long. I would have loved another 25 minutes! An excellent debut effort and I’m sure we will see more of this good band.