is the latest project to feature the vocal might of Amanda Somerville, an
artist who has been taken under the wing of the Metal world, with
appearances with the likes of Kamelot, Avantasia, Epica, After Forever as
well as the Melodic Rock world with the stunning Kiske Somerville opus
along with Michael Kiske.
Amanda’s vocal career started off in more gentler music forms it’s
her rise in the world of Metal and Melodic Rock that has led to this
stunning release 'Alloy'.
title itself is self explanatory as alloy is a
substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal, or metals,
combined with a non-metal, intimately mixed.
album itself is such a glorious mix of elements, I dare any Metal
fan to not find something that they don’t like about this release.
get underway with the storming all out Metal of ‘Machine Gun’, a
track that sees Amanda give us a taste of what is to come from the album.
Soaring vocals mixed with edgy riffs and a thunderous back beat, and what
a chorus, a real belter that powers on through a massive bass
line. One of
the best starts to an album this year. I could put this one on repeat
and just let myself get swept away with its power and grace.
that would make for a rather long review so on we go to the next superb
track, the simply stunning ‘Coward’. A track that takes a different
path than the opener, a more symphonic feel to this one. Still
riffs throughout, but on this song Amada delivers one of the most haunting vocals
you’ll hear this side of Christmas. Evanescence can't touch this one, Amy
tempo is picked up with the rockier elements mixed with an
electro-metal feel for the fantastic ‘Purge’, before another change in
direction with the melodic splendour of ‘Utter Descension’. A track
that builds on a gentle vocal before exploding into a symphony of
towering keyboard orchestrations. Very Film Score Metal at its core, but
with enough guitar riffs to keep that Metal edge.
if you want a real taste of Metal guitars then check out the magnificent
riff fuelled ‘Bow To The Ego’, with its double kick drums and
thumping bass lines. This is pure alchemy, nobody has mixed this many
elements together so perfectly since Merlin.
back to the melodic metal with ‘Mistaken’, again a thumping backbeat
drives this one ever forward while Amanda delivers the perfect accompanying
next track ‘Scream It’ is something rather special indeed, as Amanda
duets with Mr Jorn Lande on one of my favourite tracks off the
album. Don’t be surprised if these two don’t pair up in future projects,
because this is a match made in Metal heaven, two powerhouse vocalists
united in vocal splendour.
time to switch down a couple of gears with the excellent ‘Justifiable
Casualty’, for what of a better synopsis that can described as a Metal
heavy beats come thumping back with the haunting ‘Path Of Least
Resistance’, another track that builds into a crescendo of
pure organic power, before mixing a little more electro keyboards
into the mix, for the modern metal of ‘Into The Dissonance’.
Another stunning hauntingly rich melody that is matched with another
stunning vocal from Amanda.
It Down' is a pure bred ballad that Amanda delivers with such grace and
purity, it has to be heard to be believed. Then that gentler refrain
rounds off the album with ‘Love Is An Illusion’, a little more upbeat
tempo on this one, but just a melodic, and a song that rounds off what is in no
uncertain terms, a stunning album and one that will once again show that Amanda
Somerville is one of the best female vocalist in Rock and Metal today.
1. Machine Gun
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