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Ravenlight - Project Genesis

Project Genesis
by John Foley at 14 June 2020, 4:14 AM

RAVENLIGHT are a symphonic power metal act hailing from Northern Ireland.  The band was formed back in 2018 and "Project Genesis" will mark a new release in June 2020. They have done a fair few gigs to their name with a recent slot at the METAL TO THE MASSES BELFAST contest reaching the semi-finals. The album starts off with "The Circle". A synth intro with some added strings to set up the tone. In coming are what can be described as a commanding guitar sound. It has a very operatic middle section which then breaks into a guitar solo from John Connor. Keeping with that tone we next get "The End of the World", with speed metal like drums from Mike Bukajiski and very catchy sounding keyboards. Like true power metal music the song has a very powerful chorus and lyrical themes of a philosophy of life.

The first stand out track to me is "Words Spoken" which sounds like it would be a real crowd goer at a live show with a lyrical theme of rising up from the darkness and negativity.  Another stand out song here is "Where the Stars Grow." A piano intro which leads into a real metal ballad. With beautiful lyrics and vocals from Rebecca Feeney to accompany them. This is really one of the strongest songs on the album. "Strong Enough to Fall" is another ballad type of song where the band really lets the vocals shine through the music with a lyrical theme of a lost love. Next up is a slight change in tone with "The Wild Hunt." A slightly aggressive approach then what on the rest of the album and with what can only be described as an anthem chorus.

We then get to the last song on them album, "Call of the Wild" This song really hits with a big sound from the band and an even bigger chorus with string sections adding a bit more depth to the track. Also present are those thunderous drums and a totally epic guitar solo. Great way to close out "Project Genesis." RAVENLIGHT really give off a very NIGHTWISH and WITHIN TEMPTATION feel and vibe. "Project Genesis" is filled with killer drum work, some heavy guitar playing with some epic guitar solos and excellent vocal delivery as well. RAVENLIGHT sound like a band that knows what they are good at and how to work with it.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. The Circle
2. The End of the World
3. Sanctuary
4. Echoes
5. Words Spoken
6. Where the Stars Grow
7. The Spell
8. Strong Enough to Fall
9. The Wild Hunt
10. Edenfall
11. Call of the Wild
Rebecca Feeney – Vocals
John Connor – Guitar and Keyboard
Mike Bugajiski – Drums
Record Label: Novus Records


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