For the longest time now, I have always been a bit intimidated when I am asked to review a symphonic metal band. I sometimes feel that I may not know enough about the genre but at the same time, a good portion of my personal collection actually tends to be of like genre. I suppose I am okay with new comers Glasya, so here you have it.
“Glasya was founded by Hugo Esteves in 2016 with one main purpose, to create a musical project that would combine full orchestral arrangements with metal. He was already familiar with symphonic metal, but he wanted to do it in a more dramatic and cinematographic way.”
And that he did. Being that Glasya is a relatively new band, we can start them off with a clean slate. With the release of their single last year, “Heaven’s Demise”, Glasya created quite a buzz amongst critics and fans alike. And while that single which is the album opener is a strong effort, if that is a track you have already heard before, you are in for a bit of a surprise with the rest of the album.
The songs are very well crafted and orchestrated with a precision like fierceness that can be set right up alongside any of the best in the genre. Not that Glasya do much to defy or redefine the genre, but have niched out a sound all their own which as I always say is a big plus in my book.
At times the vocals almost tend to be a bit too operatic for my taste. Or shall I state, a bit over the top for that section of the song. The vocal performance of Eduarda Soeiro is magnificent. I must say that now. There are just some sections when she is wailing away that one might think that style should be toned down just a touch. I think that same thing when listening to Therion and I do own their catalog. Nonetheless, great range and tone.
Musically Glasya are also a great listen. The riffs and solos are very enjoyable. Not only are they symphonic in style but also heavy and rockin’ as hell. A very good blend of metal that will surely advance Glasya amongst the ranks of greats as this is just the beginning of their lustrous metal career.
Eduarda Soeiro – vocals
Bruno Prates – Guitars
Hugo Esteves – Guitars
Davon Van Dave – Keys
Manuel Pinto – Bass
Bruno Ramos – Drums
Paulo Gonçalves (v)
Flávio Lino (v)
Nélson Raposo (v)
Inna Calori (vi)