With the popularity, and preponderance, of female-fronted metal bands, it seems odd that a band would bail on their female vocalist. Yet that's what Italy's Teodasia did about a year ago, then introducing Giacomo Voli as their new vocalist. Perhaps that's why their second album is called Metamorphosis.
Now, not having heard Teodasia before, it still came as no surprise that they play symphonic and melodic progressive metal. They are from Italy after all. The orchestration is lush and well-placed in the arrangements, giving songs like Two Worlds Apart, Just Old Memories, or Crossroads To Nowhere a classical music feel. Many of these same songs a bright and lingering piano line that carries the melody along. The classical motif is in contrast to the more typical symphonic and bombastic cinematic power metal from peers like Rhapsody of Fire.
Alternatively, Teodasia is not hesitant to put some "power" into their symphonic metal. Stronger Than You and Metamorphosis both have an abundance of blistering riffage to sound larger, more expansive, than those aforementioned. Then there's a slong like Idols, while having orchestration and brisk riffage, move more along a rock groove propelled by the rhythm section, especially the bass line. And Teodasia didn't entirely reject female vocals. Temperance's Chiara Tricarico joins Mr Voli on vocals within Two Worlds Apart, a pure symphonic number driven entirely by orchestration and light piano.
I suspect there will be fans who will miss the female lead vocals, wondering what previous material will sound like going forward. Suffice to say Giacomo Voli has exceptional range and control, and should prove to be a dynamic and engaging presence for the band. As for Metamorphosis, it's also a dynamic and engaging album of symphonic progressive metal well worth your time and interest. Recommended.
Teodasia's Metamorphosis is a dynamic and engaging album of symphonic progressive metal well worth your time and interest. Recommended.
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