Title: Last Place On EarthLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
Ardours are a name on the Frontiers roster. They are an alternative gothic metal band featuring lead vocalist Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania), together with multi-instrumentalist and producer Kris Laurent.
formed in 2015, Ardours was the product of Mariangela and
Kris's long-standing friendship, from both of their
involvements in the Sardinian (Italian) metal scene. In
2006, Mariangela moved from Italy and joined the Norwegian
band Tristania, but her and Kris always kept in touch. In
late 2015, having always admired one another's musical
talents, they decided to join forces the result is the album
'Last Place on Earth'.
wanted Ardours to be a melting pot of different
personalities, to add to the unique flavor of the song
writing. She decided to ask to Tristania's
drummer/lyricist Tarald Lie to write the lyrics and record
the drums for the album.
mix of these three elements has resulted in a fresh and
promising style, making the resulting album a veritable
smorgasbord of rock, metal and gothic.
album opens up on the more metal side of things with 'What
Else Is There', a terrific opener to outline what this album
and band are all about. Towering bass and drum lines
interwoven with soaring guitars and orchestrations, this
instrumental prologue really gets you in the mood for the
rest of the album.
we get a first taste of that gothic metal crossover with the
stunning 'Catabolic', with Mariangela unleashing those
powerful vocals for the first time.
continue with the modern metal edgings of the title track
'Last Place on Earth'. This one definitely has a more
Symphonic Metal feel about it. Soaring melodies capped
with some quit stunning vocals. If I had to pick out
one track that epitomizes Ardours sound, this would be it.
up itís a heavier almost Power Metal feel of the massive
'Design'. This one has a thumping back-beat of power
bass and heads-down drums, that carries that heavy vibe
throughout, but itís the vocal prowess of Mariangela that
really stands out on this one. Think Liv Christine
meets Cristina Scabbia.
powerful vocal is given full reign on the excellent darker
vibes of 'Last Moment', before the haunting mellower tones
of 'The Mist' some in. This one takes that Gothic
element to the next level, with a haunting, almost macabre
sound with droning bass and drum back-beat.
album takes a more contemporary Gothic feel with the
excellent 'Therefore I Am', complete with a little electro
of my favourite tracks has to be the multi-faceted
'Truths'. This one has more elements than the periodic
table. This one truly takes you a musical magic carpet
ride that ebbs and flows, taking in the gothic undertones,
intertwined with some soaring guitar work and featuring a
terrific closing guitar solo.
With 'No One Is Listening' youíre taken on a heavier roller coaster of a ride. The album comes to a close with the wonderful 'Totally', which like the title track, optimizes what Ardours bring to the table. Whether you're into Symphonic Metal, or just like outstanding and powerful female vocals, then 'Last Place on Earth' is the album for you.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Else Is There
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