Elderoth- Elderoth (Album Review)
"Fallen", one of the best songs on the album.
Elderoth is a symphonic power metal band from Quebec, Canada. Their debut album came out in July of 2012, so it’s new at the time I am writing this review. Featuring clean vocals, astounding guitar solos, and catchy songs, Elderoth is a terrific listen within the power metal genre.
The song "In the Rain".
Instrumentally, the guitars stand out the most. The leads and solos are very well done, but there are also some good riffs. Both the lead and rhythm guitar work is flawless. There is not a song on Elderoth, where the guitars don’t stand out. The vocals are also great. They seem to be a bit lower in pitch than typical power metal vocals, which is actually pretty refreshing. I think they remind me most of Jari Maenpaa (Wintersun) when he sings without the folk metal tones in his voice. The bass is good too, but it’s a little low in the mix. There’s not really anything wrong with it, but I would have liked to hear it turned up a bit higher. The keyboards, while not as essential to the sound as the guitars, are tastefully done. They are not overbearing, but they still play a positive role in the music. This, in particular, really impressed me when I first heard the album. The low point is the drums, but they’re not terribly bad or anything. They just aren’t as cool or as flashy as the other instruments.
The song "Stars Within Shadows".
Something I liked immediately about Elderoth, was the wintry atmosphere that their music evokes. I absolutely love power metal stuff that has that kind of feeling. A comparison regarding this atmosphere could be made to older Sonata Arctica, but Elderoth is really a good bit different from that. Elderoth is considerably symphonic- both in the neoclassical guitar solos and in the subtle piano/keyboard backdrops. Obviously, the solos are great and probably the best element on the album. There is not a bad guitar riff or solo on the whole album. However, as I mentioned before, I have to give the band credit for the way that they use their synths. Sometimes they are used as a nice complement to the guitars, but they are also at the forefront of some of the songs (“In the Rain” immediately comes to mind). However, they are always used admirably. Another notable thing is that the songs are all very catchy and well written. These guys have an ear for creating addictive choruses and guitar leads.
The song "The Night".
As far as the songs go, there are not really any low points. “Cursed” is a highly enjoyable, fast paced track. “Fallen” is easily one of the best songs on the album (actually better than “Cursed”), with some great keyboard and guitar work. This is one of the songs where everything just fits perfectly. The same thing applies to “Forgotten”, which is notable for its frantic pacing and cool vocals. “In the Rain” starts off almost like an electronic music track, but then the guitar kicks in with some truly solid leads. It’s also got one of the catchiest choruses on the whole album- it really stuck with me. The guitar solo is also fantastic in this song.
The song "The Mirror of My Silence".
The Songs (Continued)
“The Mirror of my Silence”, is one of the most energetic songs on the release. The keys are a bigger part of this song than many of the others, that is, until the excellent guitar solo kicks in. “Stars within Shadows” is another exciting track, that makes me think of Wintersun mixed with Kamelot. Yet another cool solo can be found in this song. “The Winds of a Withering Soul” is also a standout, featuring some excellent female vocals. The two singers certainly sound great together, which is a big plus. “The Night” is one of my favorites from the album, as it contains some of the best guitar on the whole release. The leads under the vocals are extremely impressive, and the rhythm guitar is awesome too. The keyboards are more subtle in this song, which suits the band’s style very well. Again, the solo is fantastic. “The Night” is an awesome closer to a great album.
The song "Forgotten".
Overall, Elderoth is a solid listen. The band has huge potential; they are extremely skilled as musicians and are good songwriters too. Fans of bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Wintersun, and even Blind Guardian should enjoy Elderoth’s work. I will definitely be on the lookout for their next album, and I will certainly be listening to this debut many more times (I’ve listened to the whole thing several times already).
Best songs: “Fallen”, “Forgotten”, “The Night”, “Stars within Shadows” and “The Winds of a Withering Soul”.
Here’s a link to the band’s website: http://www.elderoth.com/
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