|Review: Enemy of Reality - Rejected Gods|
Label: F.Y.B. Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: August 27, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
Enemy of Reality is a Greek band throwing their collective hat into the Symphonic Metal ring with their debut album, Rejected Gods. Considering the band has only been around since 2013, the album sounds quite accomplished and features many well-known guests like Symphony X bassist Mike LePond and former Visions of Atlantis vocalist Maxi Nil.
Symphonic Metal has some pretty hard and fast conventions and Enemy of Reality doesn't miss a beat with crisp guitars, soaring keys and the operatic range of front woman Iliana Tsakiraki. There isn't a bad song on the album though, to be fair, I've listened several times in the past week and not even the good stuff is sticking, as the songwriting is by-the-numbers. If you've heard Rhapsody, Luca Turilli's Dreamquest, Lingua Mortis Opera, Nightwish, etc. you've already got a pretty good idea of what Enemy of Reality sound like. Tsakiraki possesses a beautiful voice, which can be heard especially well on the closer "Step Into the Light," a ballad where she duets with Nil. Sometimes, though, she sounds more like an opera singer in a metal band than a metal singer with operatic range, which I'm sure is actually the case, but she'll need to mesh all her singing with the music for Enemy of Reality to break into the upper echelon of Symphonic bands.
While Rejected Gods doesn't display a whole lot of originality, Enemy of Reality flash some talent and if they sound this good a year into their career, the future would seem bright. This is a band to watch for fans of female-fronted Symphonic Metal.
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