Music of Light
Style: Epic/Gothic Metal
Release date: 23 September, 2011
Playing time: 51:00

Warning: The cheese comes in waves!

In an over-fed market of goth-chick metal bands, this is just one more offer to place on the shelves in the record stores (those that are left, of course). The German band Arven plays it decent, sure. They've used a violin and a flute here and there and capture a bit of medieval folklore feel, along with elements of Nightwish and Tristania and, yes, the singer does a fine job.

Arven works neatly and properly within the confines of the genre, and that is exactly the issue; I'm so desperately searching for something that makes 'Music of Light' stand out. I'm not succeeding.

Considering that there is nothing new what so ever on offer, 51 minutes turn out to be
a walk in the desert where you gasp for a well of rejuvenation of a genre in stagnation.

For fans of the genre only.


01. Music Of Light (4:21)
02. On Flaming Wings (4:51)
03. Raise Your Cups (4:29)
04. My Dear Friend (7:02)
05. World Of Hatred (5:20)
06. Dark Red Desire (4:13)
07. Midwinter Nights (5:02)
08. Till Death Do Us Apart (5:53)
09. Ruined Castle (4:04)
10. A Stranger's Story (6:30

Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 35/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 6 October, 2011