Sunday 9 May 2021

Ainur - War of the Jewels (2021)

The fourth album from this Italian band.

The band is a twelve members big band with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, contrabass, guitars, violin, viola, cello, horns, flute, keyboards and vocals.

Three guests added their keyboards, narration and vocals.

Ainur is a kind of band where J.R. Tolkien has inspired. I have reviewed two of their albums. Their first one was a turkey and the second one was pretty good.

This seventy minutes long album opens up with an epic, goth like piece of music and that sets the tone.

The music is a mix of neo-prog and goth metal.

There is a lot of very good female vocals here and some good male vocals. The guitars are mostly in the progressive metal vein and that too sets the tone.

The songs are OK and follows the normal goth metal formula. This is a sort of a rock opera... well, it is a rock opera.

It feels a bit bloated, the music. I am no fan of goth metal but I guess this album will be very popular among those vast numbers of people who like that genre and lives for that genre.

This is a decent to good album and nothing more than that.

2.5 points


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