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Niviane - The Druid King Award winner

The Druid King
by JOGANEGAR at 30 August 2017, 3:20 PM

NIVIANE is a Power Metal band from Sacramento California in the United States of America, making their debut in to the Metal multiverse with their first record, “The Druid King”, an amazing blend of all the elements that make two things like fantasy and the ever-longing quest of what it means to be a warrior in both the fantasy world of their lyrics and the Metal Scene all over the world that greets the arrival of this bands first full-length album. The title track and final composition for this album are an embodiment of what feeling Power Metal is all about to perform it, an undying energy from the members of NIVIANE. Grade “A” Melodic Heavy Metal from the land of the free and the home of the brave, from a place you would hardly imagine producing such fine Power Metal, especially and most of all identifying with a genre mostly associated to European bands today, with all the Italian invasion of the genre, and the little participation in this intricate branch of Metal musicians hailing from the country that has given so much to Metal in other times.

A strong influence from JUDAS PRIEST and some of the most ground shaking screamers and shriekers of Metal Music, the amount of capacity displayed by these musicians leads me to think that maybe the US should be focusing more on promoting these great bands from across their territory rather than spending so much time arguing about what is and isn’t politically correct anymore. The song “Into Twilight” is from beginning to end a delight to listen to, the energy, the rhythm, and the melody that all notes have seem like a design from another world, a more civilized world. The way the guitars break the song in half with a riff that seems out of the fiery maws of a dragon laying waste to a certain city that dared to stand in defiance, along with the lyrics and the melody of the verse in a song full of brawn, might and the features that allow us to see professionals doing what they do best, deliver a galaxy of notes delivered straight to the soul of their listener.

An outstanding work of production and multiple talents arranged in order to give birth to a record as this, makes an honor to welcome these mythical warriors to the Metal Temple, good to know Power Metal is alive and the flame is still burning in the Lone Star State.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 10
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. The Berserker
2. Adrestia
3. Watch the Banners Fall
4. Into Twilight
5. Gladiator
6. Arise Samurai
7. Elegy
8. March of the Jötunn
9. War of Immortals
10. Heaven Overflow
11. The Druid King
Mark Miner - Guitars
Rick Stallkamp - Bass
Norman Skinner - Vocals
Gary Tarplee - Guitars
Noe Luna - Drums
Record Label: Independent


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