The history of Portugal's female-fronted metal band Enchantya is a bit confusing. The promotional material states they have been around since 2004, but then there's a back catalog of three albums between 2001 and 2003 listed. What? The promotional material then announces that Dark Rising is their debut album for Massacre Records. Confused? Yeah. I think so.
If I would have known Enchantya included death vocals in their arrangements I probably would not have downloaded the digital promo pack. Nearly every song has moments of this horrible growling. It's nearly pathetic, some of the worst death metal vocals I've ever heard, even as accent. It's notable in the press material that no credit is given to the person responsible. That's good, as whoever this person may be, they should be fired immediately. The band should think twice about this direction for the vocal arrangements in the future. It simply does not become them.
Conversely, the music of Dark Rising is quite good, very strong symphonic and melodic power metal. Rute Fevereiro's vocals are typical of this female-fronted metal genre: mostly operatic, but also ranging between basic rock and metal. Ultimately, it seems all too familiar to the genre, and makes you wonder if it wouldn't have been different or better without the female vocals and dirty vocals. Best picks for the music: Ocean Drops, Dark Rising, and Your Tattoo. Check it out below.
Enchantya's Dark Rising offers genuinely interesting symphonic melodic power metal, only with typical female vocals of the genre. But the arrangements are poisoned by terribly performed death/dirty vocals.
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