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A little less hero worship and a little more individuality will see this group go a long way.

In a very over crowded market, namely that of Female-Fronted Symphonic Gothic Rock, you really need something that makes you stand out from the crowd. Sadly Russian band Hidden, as good as they are as musicians and songwriters, don't have (yet) that spark of individuality that will set them apart from the many other acts who are ploughing the same musical furrow at the moment.

Hidden come across as a group who love the early works of After Forever, Within Temptation and Epica and they can certainly write and play good Gothic Metal. Yet I found that, at times, their music was uninspiring and borrowed way too much from the other acts I just mentioned. For Hidden to become anything more than a band who just worship at the feet of their heroes, the talent they so obviously have must be honed and refined. So that in future years rather than just being clones, they can start to be leaders.

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There are some saving graces for Hidden though, their lead singer Anastasia Stroganova, guitarist Michael Smyslov, keyboard player Vadim Chernov, bassist Eugene Rozhkov and drummer Alexander Gmyzin are all excellent musicians and they really believe in what they are doing; this comes across in the enthusiastic way they approach the songs. This is especially true on 'Control', 'The Apostate', 'Seduction & Pain' and 'The Day Of The Lord' and if they can keep on writing more songs like these, then I can see Hidden progressing from hanging on the coattails of the Gothic giants, to becoming the real deal in a short space of time.

I hate being negative in reviews but a little less hero worship and a little more individuality will see this group go a long way and given they are such a new band, I think it's safe to say... over to you now.

Ian Johnson

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