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Neopera – “Destined Ways” (2014)

Label: EarMUSIC

Review by Tony Cannella

With “opera” in the band name, it is a safe bet that the German band Neopera would embrace operatic metal. You would think right? Well the short answer is “yes, yes they do”, but lest anyone think that the debut album from Neopera (entitled “Destined Ways”) is nothing more than a Nightwish knock off, you would be mistaken. For one thing, the band employs three vocalists each with very different styles. You have female opera singer Nina, she is joined by Mirko who has an aggressive shouting style and finally there is Thorsten who has a classical opera style. That’s right; Neopera has both male and female opera singers – which in and of itself is a pretty unique and cool concept. Continue reading »

Jan 31, 2012

Alight – “Don’t Fear the Revenge” (2009)

Label : My Funeral Records

Review by Tony Cannella

At only 7-tracks and 31-minutes worth of music, the debut effort from Italy’s Alight is more of an EP than an actual full-length release. What you get on these 7-songs contained on “Don’t Feat The Revenge” is a healthy dose of Alight‘s brand of Gothic influenced metal complete with lots of melody and great musicianship that carry this effort from beginning to end.The first thing that caught my attention with “Don’t Fear the Revenge” was the packaging. The CD comes in a cool digi-pack format with some nice artwork accompanying the CD. Of course the most important thing is the music and Alight also do very well in that department. The band are fronted by the vocals of Sabina and also include female bassist Elena. The opening track “Disarmed” is a very good starting point for this CD, and features a good grinding guitar riff and the keyboards contribute to the overall atmosphere. “Revolution” and “Landscapes” keep things going on course and the next track “Your Bride” is one of the main highlights and features a guest appearance by Nell of Theatre of Tragedy on guest vocals. The Final three tracks “Black Rain”, “These Eyes” and “Forever Lost” are also solidly entertaining and a good way to end things. Given the relatively short playing time on “Don’t Fear the Revenge” it will be interesting to see how the band develops on future releases. Overall, the songs and the direction on “Don’t Fear the Revenge” are solid and should lay the foundation for a promising career.

Rating – 76/100



  1. Disarmed
  2. Revolution
  3. Landscapes
  4. Your Bride
  5. Black Rain
  6. These Eyes
  7. Forever Lost


Line Up

  • Sabina Spagnoli – Vocals
  • Edward Crow – Guitars
  • Elena Donolato – Bass 
  • Mirko Montresor – Drums  



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