Genre: Epic Death Metal Epic Metal Folk Metal Symphonic Metal
Label: Self Released
Adavänt is an epic folk metal band from Chandler, Arizona of USA that was formed in the end of 2007. After 2 demo EPs, this six-piece group self-released its impressive debut album “Tale Untold” in 2011. Their line-up has remained stable since then and they have gained a lot of experience and fame through the numerous live shows in their local scene. Finally, in the end of 2013 Adavänt return with their second full-length album entitled “A Light Cut Through the Void“.
With their first album, Adavänt made already clear they are a very skillful and talented band. Their music in “A Light Cut Through the Void” continues exactly in the same style of their debut, without any significant changes. Once again they composed a very long album and its 11 songs last over 71 minutes, including as bonus track a rerecorded version of the song “Pints for the Fallen” taken from their 2009 demo EP “Warbound“. The band plays epic folk metal with a very bombastic symphonic approach and a tension to impress. Their sound is very variable and they move from epic power, folk metal and epic death metal to symphonic and operatic metal or acoustic ballads. They have many influences from classical and cinematic music and their overall atmosphere gives me the impression of an epic folk metal musical! Their compositions are very complex with countless melodies, numerous changes in rhythm and great musicianship. Guitars and synths are cooperating in harmony and their beautiful rich orchestrations and amazing solos reveal the high technical level of all band members. Adavänt use almost every metal vocal type, from brutal screams to clean male vocals and epic choirs, while their charismatic female singer Charlotte really steals the show! As expected their lyrics speak about epic fantasy tales and battles and they are all included in the booklet.
“A Light Cut Through the Void” is a very impressive album, totally recommended to fans of grandiose epic folk symphonic metal. There are many wonderful moments and great ideas in their compositions, supported by a very good production. My only concern is that their music sometimes sounds a bit hyperbolic and I hope this is something they will “control” better in the future. Adavänt self-released this album is a standard jewel-case CD edition with 16-page booklet, illustrated by Tony Alongi. You can visit their official pages below for sound samples and more info about purchasing their music. Btw, their debut album is also very good!