Everdawn - Cleopatra (2021)


Hailing from the USA, today we have Everdawn and their lush Symphonic Metal sound. In “Cleopatra”, the band delivers eleven tracks and over 48 minutes of majestic music that could be comparable to any of the European heavy hitters for the genre. Featuring Mike LePond (Symphony X) on its ranks, this band is a new blank slate spawning from Midnight Eternal. Filled with crafty ideas and dramatic arrangements, this release is of high quality and great entertainment value.

Opening with the heavy hitting “Ghost Shadow Requiem”, the band sets a very regal and engaging atmosphere thanks to the lush keyboards and intricate guitar work. Vocalist Alina Gavrilenko does a great job delivering remarkable vocal melodies from the opener, and as the band unleashes unparalleled catchiness and craftiness in pieces like “Stranded in Bangalore”, “Cleopatra”, and the mysterious “Your Majesty Sadness”.

Mike LePond’s pulsating bass guitar line is the life-line of songs like “Infinite Divine”, and a brilliant complement to the guitar wizardry of pieces like “Pariah’s Revenge”. Showcasing great skill and versatility, the band’s sound is quite expansive ranging from epic songs like “Heart of a Lion” to more dynamic pieces like “Rider of the Storm”, while delivering engaging and exciting moments all across.

As the moody “The Last Eden” closes this release, we are left very impressed with Everdawn’s mature and dynamic sound. While there are plenty of releases in this genre, “Cleopatra” nicely stands out given its diverse and engaging nature. If you are in the market for a complement to your Nightwish, Visions of Atlantis, Sirenia, Delain, etc. collection, this release is a great fit.

Band: Everdawn Album: Cleopatra

Label: Sensory Records

Release: February 5th, 2021

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Genre: Symphonic Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 90/100

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