ARTIST:

THE DARK ELEMENT

(FINLAND)
TITLE:

THE DARK ELEMENT

(2017)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC METAL

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Epic, Female vocals, Symphonic, Theatrical
"This album will probably be pointed out by the same people who booed the "Hydra" of Within Temptation but the most open-minded will surely appreciate this little jewel made of metal and AOR."
LYNOTT (28.11.2017)  
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Annette Olzon: Swedish opera singer who started her career at Alyson Avenue (1999-2005) before being recruited at Nightwish (2007-2012) where she participated in two albums before being fired, author of a solo album with a pop trend ('Shine', 2014). 
Jani Liimatainen: Finnish guitarist with Sonata Arctica (1995-2007), Altaria (2003-2015), Cain's Offering (2009-2015), Stratovarius (2011-2015) and Timo Kotipelto (2012). 
Frontiers: label matching talents. 
If you mix the three elements you will get only one: The Dark Element. The combo released their first eponymous album in 2017. 

So here is the voice that replaced Tarja in Nightwish. New group, new trend? This is the question that haunts the beauty's aficionados, those who did not throw stones at her when she had the audacity to take the place of the icon mentioned above. Let's not keep the suspense any longer: the intentions are metallic and symphonic - not surprisingly enough - but go hand in hand with assumed tendencies with the AOR or even pop. 

Liimatainen succeeds in freeing symphonic metal from the lyrical vocals that is often associated with it when a lady is in charge of interpreting it and has concocted for us melodic radio friendly catchphrases that could not be more striking. Olzon therefore gives up here the vocal clichés to which she was subjected at Nightwish and she gains in power. 

'The Dark Element', the eponymous title, announces from the outset the colour, muscle and melody and it is only a sketch of the title that follows it, 'My Sweet Mistery' where Ramstein mates with Delain. And then the other hits follow one another without interruption.

To mention a few, let's talk about 'Last Good Day' and its galvanizing keyboard theme,'Here's To You', an incongruous cross between Mike Oldfield's pop tendencies and Within Temptation's symphonic metal, the enchanting ballad 'Someone You Used To Know','Dead To Me' worthy of the best Delain or the excellent 'Halo' which brings metallic pop to the pinnacle... 

So certainly, this album will probably be pointed out by the same people who booed the "Hydra" of Within Temptation. But no matter what, the most open-minded will surely appreciate this little jewel made of metal and AOR.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. The Dark Element - 4:26
02. My Sweet Mystery - 4:59
03. Last Good Day - 4:13
04. Here's To You - 4:15
05. Someone You Used To Know - 4:24
06. Dead To Me - 5:28
07. Halo - 4:25
08. I Cannot Raise The Dead - 4:25
09. The Ghost And The Reaper - 5:21
10. Heaven Of Your Heart - 4:46
11. Only One Who Knows Me - 5:11
12. Dead To Me (acoustic Version) (japan Bonus Track) - 5:07

LINEUP:
Anette Olzon: Chant
Jani Hurula: Batterie
Jani Liimatainen: Guitares / Claviers
Jonas Kuhlberg: Basse
   
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