“Flame of Faith” is the second album of the Russian symphonic black metallers Nimphaion from Shuya. Since its creation, the band has suffered several line-up changes and after 2 demos in 2005 and 2009 they finally released their debut album “In Darkness” via Musica Production in 2011. In April 2013 Nimphaion released the single “Sacrifice” including two songs of the upcoming album and they finally signed a deal with More Hate Productions and released their new full-length album “Flame of Faith” in the end of 2013.
Nimphaion’s sound was always based on the combination of melodic classical inspired symphonic music with black metal and melodic death metal. In this new work though the melodic death metal elements are almost vanished and the band plays symphonic black metal. “Flame of Faith” includes 8 songs with a total duration a little over 39 minutes. The band has a very melodic sound and synths are very dominant in their compositions, something that works for them, since they don’t use them to just add a “symphonic” background layer; their synths have a much more organic role, with lead melodic piano parts and atmospheric stringed orchestral arrangements. Their guitars are fast and aggressive, yet very melodic and technical. Generally the band members seem quite skilled musicians and most of them were classically trained. Their vocals are extreme black metal screams (influenced by CoF) and in combination with the quite fast tempos of the compositions, they add a very aggressive tone to their music. The constant change of rhythms in the songs, together with the very melodic nature of their orchestrations definitely “breaks” this aggression, creating a very interesting balance in Nimphaion’s music. All their lyrics are in English, with a few verses in Latin, dealing with themes of fanaticism and obsession.
Nimphaion have moved their music many steps forward with their second album compared to the debut. Fans of symphonic black metal better give them a listen! ”Flame of Faith” is a very melodic work with great sound. I would appreciate though a bigger variety in the vocals. By the way, after the release of this album, their vocalist Alexey left the band and Demether Grail replaced him. “Flame of Faith” is released by More Hate Productions in a standard jewel case edition CD with an 8-page booklet, including the lyrics. You can visit their official pages below for more details. The band is already preparing its third album, which will be a concept work.