Label : Napalm Records

Review by Tony Cannella

The German Melodic/Folk Metal band Midnattsol, has already made quite a good impression on their first two albums, “Where Twilight Dwells” and “Nordlys”, now on the ever important 3rd album “The Metamorphosis Melody” the band has combined the best elements of their first two albums, whilst still blazing a path to the future. After the brief intro “Alu”, Midnattsol gets things rolling with the opening title track, “The Metamorphosis Melody” as lead vocalist Carmen Elise Espenaes turns in a stunning performance throughout the CD. Of course, comparisons will always be made to her older sister Liv Kristine of Leaves’ Eyes, which is unfair as they have totally different singing styles. The heavy opening riff of the next track “Spellbound” begins this excellent song that is sprinkled with symphonic elements and maintains a steady, hard driving performance throughout. Other highlights include: “The Tide”, “A Poet’s Prayer”, “Forlorn”, “My Re-Creation” and the beautiful ballad “Goodbye”. The limited edition features the bonus track “A Predator’s Prey” and also comes with a bonus DVD featuring 52-minutes of Midnattsol live at the 2009 Metal Female Voices Fest in Wieze, Belgium. Midnattsol are a band that is increasingly coming into their prime as a major force in the world of Symphonic Folk Metal. “The Metamorphosis Melody” is an album that showcases the ever growing confidence and assuredness of this excellent band.

Rating – 90/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Alu
  2. The Metamorphosis Melody
  3. Spellbound
  4. The Tide
  5. A Poets Prayer
  6. Forlorn
  7. Kong Valemons Kamp
  8. Goodbye
  9. Forvandlingen
  10. Motets Makt
  11. My Re-Creation
  12. A Predator’s Prey (Bonus Track)

 

Line Up

  • Carmen Elise Espenaes – Vocals
  • Daniel Droste – Guitar
  • Alex Kautz – Guitar & Acoustic Guitar
  • Daniel Fischer – Keyboards
  • Birgit Ollbrunner – Bass, Acoustic Bass & Mouth Harp
  • Christopher Merzinsky – Drums

 

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