I don't usually review EP discs, those with only three, or four tunes, since there are so many full length efforts to listen too, but the above reviews were short, I am going to indulge a personal interest in symphonic metal, and give a hint at what could be coming from Dremora, a duo out of the U.S.
Like many bands of the genre, Dremora relies on the voice of female lead singer Juliana Novo, giving the music a near operatic feel set against the metal driven instrumentation. For a first CD Novo comes across with a full, strong voice, which indeeds carry the sound.
Thomas Kampert is the male vocalist, as well as adding the guitars, drums, and keyboards. Considering symphonic metal can be quite involved, Kampert does an amazing job of pulling it all together. This guy is obviously a very good musician.
There are only four cuts here, but still clocks in at about 23 minutes. The CD starts with the strong piece Alone, follows that up with the powerful Martyrs and Madmen, then offers Fair Haven a cut with a more Medieval feel, at least until Kampert's vocal parts kick in. They wrap up with Transcending God.
Overall, I can only say 'I want more'. Very promising.
Check Dremora out at http://www.dremora.net/
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 21, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada