Rating: 80/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, July '05
Label: None / Self-produced
Style: Symphonic Power Metal

Unofficial Demo 2004

With the massive success bands like Nightwish and Within Temptation have experienced over the last couple of years, bands like Angtoria had to pop up left and right. And as long as they have talent and offers something worth listening to then I feel there's room for bands like Angtoria.

Call it symphonic power metal, call it epic orchestral metal - you know what kind of music I am talking about. And Angtoria isn't just another rip off of the before mentioned bands - off course they aren't re-creating this genre of metal either, but I am really impressed with these 5 songs. All are at a very high standard, and like we are used to in this genre the main focus is on the female vocals, and they are being dealt with in the best possible manner by Sarah Jezebel Deva, whom some of you might know from her work with Cradle of Filth, Therion or Mortiis. She has teamed up with two experienced musicians in Chris Rehn (Abyssos) and his brother Tommy Rehn (Moahni Moahna), so the foundation is right as well. They've teamed up with Martin Häggström (Moahni Moahna vocalist) on "Deity of Disgust", which gives this song a cool twist. 

"Deity of Disgust" is my personal favorite on the demo, which also include a very cool cover-version of Kylie Minogue's "Confide in Me". The music isn't quite as bombastic as one might have thought - a good and wise decision I think - actually the song structures are kept a bit more simple and to the point. Good simple guitar riffs combined with good atmospheric keyboards, and a solid rhythm section laying down the foundations, and everything topped by Sarah's good voice gives this promising band from Sweden a lot the tools to make in the metal scene. All they need now is some lucky breaks...

Admitted I am a sucker for this kind of metal, but Angtoria has with this demo CD really impressed me, and I look forward to follow their progress in the future, because they have a lot of substance and quality - do check them out - and hopefully some record label will pick them up, so a wider audience can experience this trio's offerings to the metal scene.