Symphonic Progressive Power Metal…despite
the apparent pretentiousness of the label, it is one that undoubtedly fits this
Ukrainian band perfectly.
As soon as the album starts spinning on the cd trail, the listener is transported to neo-classic/epic sonic fields and undoubtedly bands such as Nightwish, Within Temptation (early), Epica, After Forever and even Leaves Eyes will come to mind. Yet, the sort of symphonies that this duo implements have, many times, a distinct Russian/Ukrainian classical reminiscence, working as a metallic/progressive interpretation of the Russian classical school.
While the production could have been more
effective (sound seems somehow a tad more high pitched than it should), the
vocals provided by soprano Helen Musienko are crystal clear and operatically
close to perfection. The music is complex and multi-layered, with
orchestrations aplenty, even if keyboard provided.
The epic feel of the music, and the way the accelerations and orchestrations are used may even remind you of Rhapsody (of Fire), but again, Uncreated Light keeps things very Eastern Europeanized, as if clearly signing their sound with a regional “accent”. This works very well, as the vocals are majorly in Ukrainian. But rest assured that the globalization of their music has been made easier with the adding of a set of bonus tracks that are English sung versions…nice touch by the band to convince the English language purists, don’t you think?
Musically speaking, the band interacts
quite well. The keys show a proficiency that will not pass unnoticed, while the
guitars are pure metal and the bass and drums are not stand out components but
For non habitués, this will sound very pretentious music, because the sometimes excessive sense of grandeur, and the not always easy mix of metal with neo-classic approaches, but for those who like this sort of metal/prog, then this is certainly a must-have.
Bombastic, Epic, Dynamic and Grand…here are four words to describe, in a very summarized way, the music by Uncreated light. And if you recognize these words within your preferred sonic attributes, then you really should try this band/album out!