Considering the overwhelming strength of Nightwish's latest effort, if you're a symphonic metal band with a female lead, you better bring something very big to the table to impress. Voices of Destiny, on their second release, Power Dive, offers little novelty or ingenuity to the genre.
That's not to say that Power Dive is a bad album. As far as symphonic power metal goes, you could do a lot worse. But considering the depth of the field, well, these bands are a dime-a-dozen these days. VoD offers female vocals versus male death vocals throughout, but that is hardly new or noteworthy. The latter are rather uninteresting and endanger both the music and Maike Holzmann's vocals. It's a shame, really, as she has a marvelous voice. Yet the addition of death or hardcore vocals to metal has been the 'new black' for quite some time, if only now for marketability.
So what does Voices of Destiny have to offer? More of the same, but done quite well. Top song picks: Dreams Awake or Red Winter's Snow. Recommended to diehard fans of the female-fronted symphonic metal genre.