MaterDea: Pyaneta (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Italian outfit MaterDea are back with their fifth album, showcasing quite a few different styles and ideas. Although they are a symphonic band at heart, there is also a lot of Celtic and folk ideas going on, but while some may think they may well be clones of early Nightwish that is actually a long way from the truth, although they have been an influence, as has Eluveitie, Korpiklaani, and others. We are treated here to an album that is incredibly commercial, and many of these songs could be lifted as singles (particularly “Neverland”), yet there is also a refusal to confirm to what may be expected. This song not only starts with effects of a ship under sail and ticking clock, but then has an accordion that makes one think that we are going into the realms of pirate rock before they move it to a different symphonic level altogether. There is a children’s choir to provide backing vocals, and they even take the lead at one point.

One can’t help but smile while listening to this album, and then there is the attempt to understand how it can be that this is the first time I have come across a band that has been going since 2008, and has released four other albums! If they are half as good as this then I want to hear them! The production is spot on, allowing everybody to shine and keeping the layers quite distinct while also allowing room for as many instruments to be brought to play as are required. When I first starting listening to Legend some time a million years ago there was no-one else performing this style of music, but one day I am sure that they will get the recognition they deserve for influencing so many other bands. Nightwish have already cited them as an early influence, and here is yet another who also owes them a debt of gratitude. Easily one of, if not the, finest album I have heard from Rockshots Records, this is indispensable for anyone who enjoys this style of music.

Rating: 8/10


Track list:
1. Back To Earth
2. The Return of the King
3. One Thousand and One Nights
4. Pyaneta
5. Neverland
6. S’Accabadora
7. The Legend of the Pale Mountains
8. Legacy of the Woods
9. Coven of Balzaares
10. Metamorphosis
11. Bourrè del Diavolo



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