If you’ve not heard of Aonia, they’re a female fronted symphonic metal band from Yorkshire. They’ve grown a lot since their last release too, both musically and in number, with the addition of a second lead vocalist and a couple of extra musicians.
The vocalists compliment each other beautifully, and they boast a great deal of fire power between them. Musically, the arrangements are really quite complex, with more of an emphasis on keyboards than on their previous release. What this does is add more depth to the overall sound, and it certainly comes at you from all angles. It’s damned heavy in places too, and in others quite low and soft, but the haunting operatic vocals are consistent throughout.
It’s a very accomplished piece of work, and there’s a great deal of technicality injected into the music. It’s also well produced, with no unnecessary trickery to try and enhance it. It sounds polished, but not overly so, and still manages to retain some edginess. If you liked City Of Shadows, then you’re going to absolutely love this. If you’ve not heard them before, then you really should treat yourself, and at the earliest opportunity.