Label : Massacre Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Germany’s Voices of Destiny play symphonic heavy metal and features Maike Holzmann on lead vocals. Their debut album is titled “From the Ashes” and has just been released via Massacre Records. “From the Ashes” features 12-songs and 46-minutes worth of classy, bombastic, symphonic power metal. To put it quite simply, “From the Ashes” is an excellent debut. Maike Holzmann is the female lead vocalist for Voices of Destiny and her style is clean and sometimes operatic and very expressive. Her vocals are very well done and it is possible to understand every word she is singing. “From the Ashes” also includes its share of extreme male vocals (reminiscent of Epica) and there is some cool work done with the two styles, but the majority of vocals are handled by Maike.The songs on “From the Ashes” are melodic and very theatrical, dramatic and – at times – progressive. Highlights include: “Ray of Hope”, “Twisting the Knife”, “Icecold”, “Apathy” and “Red Winter’s Snow II: Blood and Stone”. With “From the Ashes”, Voices of Destiny are sure to appeal to fans of bands like Epica and Within Temptation and other female fronted symphonic metal bands. This is a good debut, that will hopefully catapult Voices of Destiny to the upper echelon of the symphonic power metal genre. Very well done.

Rating – 83/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Ray of Hope
  2. Twisting the Knife
  3. Return from the Ashes
  4. Relief
  5. Icecold
  6. Apathy
  7. Endeavour to Life
  8. All Eyes on Me
  9. Bitter Visions
  10. Hourglass
  11. Red Winter’s Snow II: Blood and Stone
  12. Not the One

 

Line Up

  • Maike Holzmann – Vocals
  • Chris Gutjahr – Guitars
  • Lukas Palme – Keyboards & Vocals
  • Jens Hartwig – Bass
  • Erik Seitz – Drums

 

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