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Destined Ways
Style: Symphonic Metal
Release date: 18 July, 2014
Playing time: 53:00

Neopera is a German sixtet founded by Dark Age guitarist Jörn Schubert in 2010. The other rather known members are bass player Dirk Schlächter (Gamma Ray) and André Schumann also known from Dark Age on drums. The bandname should give you an idea of what kind of music you can expect.

The music is an interesting mix of power metal, opera and some heavy harsh singing parts. There are three different kind of singers on this album. Mirko Gluschke is responsable for the shouting, Thorsten Schuck takes care of the male baritone opera voice and the female soprane opera singing style is done by Nina Jiers. The songs are bombastic with symphonic orchestral parts and the different singing styles are varied within the songs. Sometimes you are blown away by the heaviness of the guitars, then again emotional piano moments pass by. The songs are good and well arranged and vary enough not to get boring. If you need an idea about what to expect, imagine a mix of Nightwish, Therion and a band like Kamelot with 3 different voices. Epica is perhaps the closest band you can compare them with.

I have no idea if this is a just one time project or if they want to play gigs and even start to write a second album. For now this album is enough and I think many will like this, I do for sure.

01. The Marvel of Chimera
A Call to Arms
Destined Ways
Falling Water
The Greed
Last Pantomime
09. Equilibria
10. Requiem
11. Song of Revenge
12. The Unspeakable
Label: EAR Music
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 18 July, 2014
Website: www.neopera.com