Daidalos - The Expedition (2022)


Today we have one-man battalion Daidalos and their extremely dynamic and engaging Atmospheric/Symphonic Dark Metal sound. Creating a very cinematic and over the top aural experience, “The Expedition” is one hell of a debut release with elements from bands like Dimmu Borgir, Therion, and Fleshgod Apocalypse, just to name a few. However, the 52+ minutes of music here take a life of their own as they come to life with very lively arrangements and crafty tempo changes, giving Daidalos a signature extreme music sound.

Slowly building momentum with the dramatic opener “Expedition”, we see the band crafting a very cinematic experience by perfectly layering atmospheric elements with crushing guitar riffs and massive drumming. As the album progresses to pieces like “Icewind” and “Sail into the Stars”, it is quite magical how immersive the music feels. The production is top notch, perfectly highlighting elements that need to shine across the well layered ‘Metal’ foundation.

With most tracks being five minutes long, and a couple over seven, Daidalos creates powerful individual movements that clearly stand out from each other. We particularly enjoy the songs like “Poem in the Snow”, which feature additional vocals, creating some nice and dramatic arrangements. The whole epicness vibe of this release is far superior than from other Epic/Power Metal outfits, which talks heaps about the quality of the arrangements in this release.

As a whole, “The Expedition” is a killer release filled with memorable songs and majestic arrangements. There is certainly something from everyone, as the harsh vocals, clean vocal, orchestral/classic and Metal elements are very well balanced. Daidalos is definitely a band to keep an eye out for, as their sound can only get better and more consolidated with time.

Bands: Daidalos Album: The Expedition

Label: Extreme Metal Music

Release: July 29th, 2022

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Genre: Atmospheric/Symphonic Dark Metal

Country: Germany

Rating: 93/100

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