Review: Revival

Symphonic metal in recent years has went from being quite refreshing to bloated and more predictable then a One Direction album. It seems that this genre of metal has done all it can and is now just repeating itself. Unfortunately this means that band’s like Emphasis get lost in the mix with their début album Revival.

Revival is good album for what it is, some fairly standard metal with a slight hint of the progressive side of the genre. There is a lot of complex rhythms and that fairly re-occurring start and stop rhythm that you would hear in a lot of Dream Theater, Epica and other bands who write in this style. The band are clearly a group of talented musicians as they rip apart these songs with great ease and tactical precision.

Their front woman, Anna Ganina has one hell of a voice that holds a lot of similarities to the former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. She can clearly hold her own against other vocal power houses in the genre and like many of them she has one flaw, over pronunciation. Her voice is superb and I mean that but sometimes the operatic style can make her vocal lines very hard to decipher and hard to understand. This has been a common thing in the symphonic metal genre for many years and no doubt it’ll happen again.

The biggest problem I have with this album is simply the lack of great songs. Each number is consistent, fairly well written but there is no memorable hooks or something that sets the songs apart from one another. They all follow the same path and it gets a little repetitive after a while. It is a great shame because from a technical stand point they are impressive.

This isn’t the most unique in terms of song writing. But with a singer like this and good solid musicianship, there are plenty of moments to like. Sadly there isn’t too many memorable hooks and it really holds the album back.

Rating : 7 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. On The Wings of Freedom
  2. Running Man
  3. Blind Faith
  4. Death Itself
  5. Every Time
  6. Hate Is All You Left For Me
  7. Emptiness
  8. Shadow Falls
  9. Emptiness (Radio Edit)