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Rexoria: Queen Of Light
Rexoria - Queen Of Light CD Album Review

Rexoria: Queen Of Light

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
3.5/5.0

Formed a mere two years ago, Rexoria is a Swedish metal band that features female vocalist and 2016 The Rock Voice nominee Frida Ohlin. Rexoria has been busy in these first few years, releasing two EPs Moments Of Insanity (2016) and The World Unknown (2017), both of which are available on Spotify. They also toured in support of some important headliners such as Bloodbound, Crystal Viper, Battle Beast, Hardcore Superstar and many more. Rexoria drops their first full-length studio Queen Of Light. Surprisingly, unlike many other bands with EPs in the bag, this album does not contain any songs from their previous EPs.

Rexoria Band Photo

Rexoria

Keeping things simple, Rexoria basically plays a mixture of melodic heavy and power metal, with some synth symphonic parts in most songs. You find plenty of melody and harmony in the arrangements, notably in the guitar and vocal parts. The rhythm section delivers both rock groove and, at times, swift power metal pacing. Guitar solos arrive in the usual place, in the later half or third of the song, but can sometimes seem muted. Solos are best heard within You'll Be Alright, The Saviour, Way To Die, and the metal anthem, Song By The Angels, one of the best songs here. It's also an example were the synth symphonic orchestration rises higher. Another is Voice Of Heaven, again something of a lighter anthem. As for the vocals, Ms Ohlin has clean and melodic voice, with some strength and range. However, I wouldn't characterize her as operatic, more a traditional rock or metal singer.

All said, Queen Of Light is a solid, if not expected, album melodic heavy metal with some interesting and entertaining songs. However, there was also something to the Rexoria sound and song arrangements that seemed mechanical, like being too polished and predictable. You may feel differently. Enjoy the video below and decide for yourself.



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The Bottom Line

All said, Queen Of Light is a solid, if not expected, album melodic heavy metal with some interesting and entertaining songs. However, there was also something to the Rexoria sound and song arrangements that seemed mechanical, like being too polished and predictable. You may feel differently.

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