Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands: Dark Moor/Rhapsody/Thy Majestie

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. The Age Of Birth
2. Across The Snow
3. The Hidden Kingdom Of Eloran
4. Eleandra
5. Heralds Of The Green Lands
6. Alone We Stand
7. Hubris Et Orbis
8. Mount Mirenor
9. Of Hope And Despair in Osyrhia
10. The Age Of Light

Francesco Cavalieri - Vocals
Willdric Lievin - Bass
Sylvain Cohen - Guitars
Philippe Giordana - Keys
JB Pol - Drums

Of Wars In Osyrhia (2003)
The Fall Of An Empire (2006)
Score To A New Beginning (2009)

Elisa C Martin - lead vocals on "Eleandra"
Flora Spinelli & Victoria Cohen - lead vocals on "The Age Of Light"
Tony Rabusseau - backing vocals
Camille "Cydorrh" Dominique - violins & flutes
Dan Wilberg - narration "The Age Of Birth"

Recorded and mixed by Willdric Lievin at Multiversal Studio in Lieuche, France.
Mastered by Damien Rainaud at Mix Unlimited Studio, Los Angeles (CA).
Cover artwork by Gonzalo Ordóñez Arias. Booklet design by Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove Design)

Released 2020-05-22
Reviewed 2020-05-14


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The fourth album by French symphonic metallers Fairyland is a prequel to the trio of albums they released before. It is an album that goes back to the roots of the band without leaving what they established on the previous three albums, and an album that goes back 3000 years before in the storytelling. It is another conceptual story and you can pretty much deduce the general idea from the look of the cover.

Symphonic metal with grand arrangements, with violin, with flute, and with choirs, I think that many will use the word epic to describe it. They have a new vocalist in Francesco Cavalieri who is known from the Italian band Wind Rose, he has some female guests doing some parts to add more dynamics to the vocals, Elisa C Martin is one of those vocalist and I think that the part she sings is the best vocal part of the album. There are dynamics in the vocals but the album itself is pretty similar to many others in the same genre, I think you can compare them to Italian and Spanish symphonic metallers if you want a good frame of reference. There are no surprises here, but the playing time is sensible and the variation pretty good making this a fine production.

Good album with good songs; that is my impression when I look upon this album with my critical gaze, meaning of course when I listen to it over and over. There is however, this problem with the lack of fresh feeling and omission of a great standout hit song. These are things that shade the view of this album quite a bit and in the end I think that it is somewhat generic, everything is fine polished and well-made but the songs aren’t great. They are good in the crafting of the music but the song-writing leaves some to be desired.

If you are a fan of the symphonic metal there is a good chance that you like this album as well, it presses the same buttons and the songs are good, the vocalist fine and so on. There is no gigantic flaw, it is just that it feels like something you have heard before and I tend to be less excited when the sense of novelty is lacking. I don’t think that this trip to Fairyland is very exciting, but I think it works.