Rating: 50/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, April '05
Drakkar Records
Style: Symphonic Metal


Karelia is back with a brand new album called "Raise". Karelia - unusual name for a metal band, right? Karelia hails from France.
Karelia's first album: "Usual Tragedy" (2004), received great reviews from all over the world, so I was a little bit excited when I received this Promo-cd from the editor of this site, Kenn Jensen.

But is it any good? Actually it's quite alright. However I have one big problem about this release - it is very hard to understand what the singer, Matthieu Kleiber, is singing. Very funny pronounciation!

So, picking my favorite song on this album would be a difficult task, but I think track number two: "Child Has Gone" is the best track here, even if I only understand a few words! Even after numerous listens, this album doesn't grow on me. However, that is just MY opinion. This album is accessible, but at the same time there just is not really much happening, neither riff wise nor in the atmosphere, which does not exactly leave much space for anything else outstanding

It is nice to listen to, but that's all. It goes in one ear and out the other. It is melodic, well played, without a doubt, yet I miss substance in there, substance of any kind or way. BUT then again ... it's just MY opinion.

A little advice: Listen before you buy.
Karelia will do great out there.
So I wish them the best of luck in the future to come.

Recommended tracks: "Child Has Gone" and "Tearful Clown"

Link: www.karelia.fr.st