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AESMA DAEVA-The Thalassa Mixes (EP)
8 out of 10
AESMA DAEVA are a female fronted symphonic metal band from Minnesota.
They have actually been around for a number of years with their debut
album being released in 1999. Ex-VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Melissa Ferlaak
even passed through their ranks at one time. The latest release from
AESMA DAEVA is a four song, twenty-six minute EP, titled "The
Thalassa Mixes". The band is currently fronted by strong operatic
vocalist Lori Lewis. She is joined by the following musicians: John
Prassas (guitar/composer) and Chris Quinn (bass).The CD begins with
eight minute "Tisza's Child - Sunken Cathedral". The opening
of the song combines some cool sounding orchestration combined with
Lori Lewis's operatic vocal delivery and some other sound effects
- giving it a movie soundtrack-like feel to it. The track moves along
at a very deliberate pace, but it is still a powerful number. This
is a big sounding track that really weaves a majestic sound-scape.
Next is "The Garden I Long For". A melancholic instrumental,
that is quite peaceful and serene. A bit of a change of pace and sets
a definite mood. Next up we have "Loon - Thalassa", Lori
Lewis definitely takes center stage here. This is another slower track
that features some more orchestration. This leads us into the final
track "Loon - The Swamp". This track is a fine way to end
things as the band utilize more orchestra arrangements, this time
in conjunction with a heavy guitar riff that just keeps building and
building. The two styles gel nicely together and gives the track an
epic feel. Lori Lewis has also worked with the Swedish band THERION
on a couple of their previous releases and tours. After listening
to her work with AESMA DAEVA, it's easy to see why she got the job.
After listening to "The Thalassa Mixes" and going back and
re-visiting their previous works from AESMA DAEVA, it is beyond me
why worldwide success have eluded this band. It's true that this style
of music may be an acquired taste for some, but there is no denying
the musicianship and talent that are on display here.
This is operatic, symphonic metal at it's best.
[8 points] (Tony Cannella)