Eternal Dream create symphonic power metal using a female
vocalist. I know what you're thinking, because that was my first impression as
well while taking on this review.
Yes, I was referring to Nightwish, as they are one of
Spain's Eternal Dream's major influences, so the comparisons are somewhat
Vocalist Ana Moranta has an operatic voice, although not
as commanding as Tarja's, and in a higher range. There will always be
comparisons with Nightwish to other bands of this genre because they were the
first band to break it big in the symphonic power metal genre. But, Eternal
Dream do offer some compelling music of their own on their self-produced debut
"The Seed Of Naryll."
There is heavy use of keyboards and plenty of symphonic
orchestral arrangements on "The Seed Of Naryll". The Spaniards have an
interesting lyrical concept based on an original story, which mixes elements of
science fiction, fantasy, and mythology to form a conceptually epic tale.
Rhapsody of Fire, Stratovarius and Therion also come to mind while listening to
Intro "Angelus Perversa" tells the elaborate concept
through an exaggerated narrator's voice, setting the story line for the rest of
the songs. "Symphony of Horizon" and "Frozen Salanthine" are good examples of
well-played compositions Eternal Dream create. The former is catchy and dramatic,
the latter, has heavy, fast-paced riffing and a great guitar solo as well as a
nicely played piano outro.
Instrumental "The Rising" combines classical piano with
some speedy riffs and innovative drumming.
The music and production on "The Seed Of Naryll" is
awesome. It's full of catchy and melodic hooks, along with heavy riffs,
top-notch drumming, solid bass lines, and creative piano/keyboard interludes.
But to me, the vocals get lost in the heaviness of the
music. They are certainly loud enough in the mix, but when it comes to
high-pitched operatic female vocals, I have a hard time understanding the words,
even if I have the lyric sheet in front of me. It's the same thing that happens
to me while listening to Therion's choir/opera parts. I do like female fronted
bands like Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, Within Temptation, Leaves' Eyes and Epica,
however, in small doses. But, this a pretty good effort for Eternal Dream's
first go around, and fans of this type of music should thoroughly enjoy "The
Seed Of Naryll".