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A fantastic female-fronted Metal album with a commercial edge.

'Aeon' is the second album from Angel Nation – although the first release was under the less pronounceable moniker of EnkeliNation – a band formed by classically-trained vocalist Elina Siirala who is also currently in Leaves Eyes. Angel Nation sit in-between Melodic Metal and Symphonic Metal stylistically, with a strong sense of commerciality that makes them very easy to get into, even if you're not a huge fan of those aforementioned genres. I love a bit of Femme Metal and Symphonic Rock, but I can be very picky, and it's the bands that veer towards commerciality that tend to garner my appreciation – Angel Nation do just that!

'Aeon' is a really impressive album; it's Femme Metal full of epic grandeur, but never reaching full-on Symphonic, the songs tending to occupy the middle ground between both sub-genres. The tracks also stay full-on Metal, never going Progressive or complicated, which is one of the big reasons some Symphonic bands lose my interest, and the dreaded growl vocals (which as a rule I abhor) only appear once.

Siirala is in another class and I'm stunned by her vocal ability. Her Classically-trained voice means she sings slightly Operatic but still with a wonderfully melodious tone to her personal delivery. She isn't all about the pitch and range, and melody is always paramount in her delivery; that's why her vocals appeal to me. Throughout the album her voice is beautiful, at times ethereal and always captivating.

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The powerful guitar riffs give the songs a dramatic Metallic punch, but they never overpower Siirala's voice; instead, it compliments them perfectly. The heavy edge isn't too much either, yet still thrashy and pounding enough to keep Metalheads' hair swirling, and those delightful soaring keyboards keep me happy as they counterbalance the brutal backbeat and guitar punch. Their music isn't just raw power, although there are plenty of guitar riffs and lick-hooks to get under your skin. These songs echo Within Temptation at their commercial finest and I'm sure the band would be happy with that comparison.

'Aeon' is full of dynamic and powerful songs which are really enjoyable. It's a fantastic female-fronted Metal album with a commercial edge and one that I highly recommend you check out! The only downside is they didn't include the ridiculously infectious single 'Do It Anyway'; you're going to have to get that separately, and if you dig this album, you are really going to want to do that!

Paul Woodward

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