Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Avant Garde Progressive Metal
Release date: 3 June, 2013
Playing time: 44:18

This album was already released independently in May 2012 and now under the flag of Layered Reality Productions. It is indeed an album that deserves to be distributed amongst a bigger audience.

This Dutch band produce a rather unique piece of music. They mix classical, metal, avant-garde and melancholy melodies and that in a rather adventurous way. Maybe that is the influence of violinist Laura ten Voorde, she formed the band and she has a classical background, but also a big interest in heavier music. You will not be surprised that the violin plays an important part in their music. The music is progressive, has classical melodies, and the vocals are a mix of clean, growls and grunts. Besides that it has progressive rock elements and the band has no musical barriers. All this elements put together in songs can make a loose piece of music with nothing to hold on to, but Adeia succeeds in melting this all into variable, technical, yet recognizable songs.

If you mix Pain of Salvation, Opeth, Pink Floyd, Epica, Leprous and a lot of own ideas together, you might get an idea what to expect, but you have to listen to it to really believe it. Sure some clean singing can be improved and in some pieces the violin could has been mixed a bit more in the background, but overall the balance of the different instruments is good. I end with giving you the line-up:

Christaan Bruin - Drums
is Burgemeester - Bass
Laurens Hoppe - Synths
Ruben van Kruistum - Cello
Franc Timmerman - Vocals
Laura ten Voorde - Violin, Vocals
Wabe Wieringa - Guitar

01. Cordyceps
02. Providence
03. Hourglass
04. Filling the Void
05. Inheritance


Label: Layered Reality Productions
Distribution: Layered Reality Productions
Artwork rating: 65/100
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 4 July, 2013
Website: www.adeiaphobia.com