Everdawn – Cleopatra

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Reviewed: March, 2021
Released: 2021, The Laser’s Edge
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Erich

Woman with pyramids in background and catsEverdawn is new name of the band previously named Midnight Eternal. They changed their name last year due to internal conflict and drama, with the idea of avoiding messy litigation and moving on to continue to release music without delay. Hailing from New Jersey, Cleopatra is the band’s debut album under their new moniker. Formed in 2014, the band plays a European style of female-fronted symphonic metal. New to the band is Russian-born Canadian singer Alina Gavrilenko. Featuring a mix and mastering from Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale), and bass duties from the respected Mike Lepond (Symphony X, Helstar), CLEOPATRA moves to establish Everdawn respectably in the middle tier of female-fronted symphonic metal.

Musically, CLEOPATRA is well-crafted with chunky guitars and a profusion of keyboards, without the cinematic bombast of many bands of this subgenre. Like most female-fronted metal, Gavrilenko is the focal point of the band. Commanding a versatile style, she is capable of classically trained operatic passages, which are the dominant approach on CLEOPATRA. However, she shines in the lower vocal ranges as well. “Your Majesty Sadness” is the best example of this, a duet with Thomas Vikström (Therion, Candlemass) that is probably my favorite track on the album. Everything comes together here for Everdawn on this song, revealing a jaw dropping potential.

“Stranded in Bangalore” is another strong tune with a heavy chugging rhythm and a diverse range of tones from Gavrilenko. The title track is arguably the most complex and progressive on the album that takes the listener on a winding, but not overlong musical journey. Comprised of twelve songs and a running time of nearly fifty minutes, CLEOPATRA drives forward from start to finish. There are no ballads, and more than enough music to satisfy fans of female-fronted symphonic metal. The mix is solid and respectable, perfectly capturing the wide range of sounds employed by the band.

While perfectly executed, CLEOPATRA is not an original album. Considering this album strides firmly in a subgenre that is saturated and very popular, Everdawn still has some work to do in carving out a unique and recognizable style to call their own. That does not prevent this from being an entertaining and highly enjoyable listen, however. Fans of Xandria, Epica, and Tarja Turunen will appreciate CLEOPATRA’s commitment to that style of female-fronted metal, and the obvious potential of the band.


Track Listing:

Men and women standing in a field1. Ghost Shadow Requiem
2. Stranded in Bangalore
3. Cleopatra
4. Your Majesty Sadness
5. Infinity Divine
6. Pariah’s Revenge
7. Lucid Dream
8. Heart of a Lion
9. Toledo 712 A.D.
10. Rider of the Storm
11. The Last Eden


Mike LePond / Bass
Dan Prestup / Drums
Richard Fischer / Guitars
Boris Zaks / Keyboards
Alina Gavrilenko / Vocals