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Review: Coronatus - Atmosphere

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 43:19
Tracks: 10
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 26, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

I've reviewed several Coronatus albums in my time here at The Metal Crypt and one thing I can say for certain is they have created their own sound within the symphonic metal genre. Their combination of both operatic and traditional female singers (and on at least one album they employed three singers) is unique as far as I am aware, but they also push the envelope a little with their songwriting. On Atmosphere, their tenth album, they offer a variety of songs that cover a lot of ground. "Justice to the Sky" which opens the album after the obligatory intro is a typical symphonic metal tune, upbeat and quick with an emphatic chorus, and they also touch on folk-flavored songs like "To the Gods of Wind and Sun" and "Time of the Raven" complete with the sounds of uillean pipes and squeeze boxes. The band tries out some less typical hooks by bringing in an almost electronic/dance inspired chorus on "Firedance" and odd words like "Willywaw" with its Jabberwocky-esque title. It's on these songs where Coronatus seem to be going in the direction Nightwish has been exploring for the past decade without sounding too much like the Finnish legends. The album ends with a bluesy torch song called "Big City Life" that is probably fine if you like that kind of music, but feels out of place on Atmosphere. While I still don't think of Coronatus as one of the top tier female-fronted symphonic bands, I feel like Atmosphere is their most complete and cohesive album in quite a while and new singers Moni Francis and Leni Eltrich definitely have more chemistry than previous pairings. If this is a style of metal high on your list, Atmosphere is an album worth a listen.

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