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Niobeth - The Shining Harmony of Universe Review

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Artist: Niobeth

Album: The Shining Harmony of Universe

Released: 2008

A mixture of styles and genres: Melodic Heavy Gothic Metal


It was a time long ago, when Gothic Metal bands appeared. They play rather heavy music with the lead female voice, violin instruments, flutes and other folk-related arrangements. Their songs were melancholic, slow and sometimes tedious (Ohhh how it's frightfully to live - I make a meal on my green sleeve). Then Nightwish started up. It was the first band, at least, the first band, which played Melodic Heavy/Power with the female opera voice and became famous.
So, Niobeth unites traditions of Gothic Metal and Melodic Heavy with female opera voice.
Niobeth's music blends from one genre into another. Sometimes it is melancholically spinning in the midst of the Gothic reel and sometimes it overflows at a Power Metal speed. I also should not forget some Progressive elements, which suppress all straightness in music and turn it into something unexpected and unpredictable.
But there are drawbacks in the music as well. For instance, lack of synchronization in the sound, when it is unclear, what and why something sounds so illogically - either it is something on the album, or just a street noise. And as to the length of the album, I think it is not always advantageous for young infamous bands to make debut albums, whose length exceeds one hour, as the new material may seem overextended to the listener, at least, I thought so. But what a surprise awaited me in the very end of the album, when I heard a part of Mozart's opera Magic Flute! It was a splendid performance, which made it possible to evaluate beauty and strength of Itea's voice.
Eventually, whether you like Gothic Metal with female voice or bands like Nightwish, Niobeth may help you to find something new in the music, which does not adhere to one style, because you can always call it a novelty, when a band is not afraid of working in different styles simultaneously, and Niobeth is an example of such novelty.

Vocals:10.00 of 10
Instruments:9.00 of 10
Skill:7.00 of 10
Originality:8.00 of 10
TOTAL:8.5 of 10

Reviewed by: Denis /18.01.2009/

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