Damnation Angels - Bringer of Light

Damnation Angels Bringer of Light cover
Damnation Angels
Bringer of Light
Massacre Records
Damnation Angels are coming from the UK and they were formed in 2006. Three years later, in 2009, they self-released the EP “Shadow Symphony” which was well met by the fans and press. Finally, their debut album is out, almost a year afte it’s official release in Japan. The band is ready to claim a position among the top acts of the symphonic heavy/power genre.
Those who were aware of the EP, may have waited something rather strong from Damnation Angels but I totally believe that this album has bypassed their expectations. They will also notice that there’s a new singer, Pellek, in this album who I think fits the music better and has a richer and more expressive voice than his predecessor. “Bringer of Light” will grasp your attention from the very first moment. The music the band creates is rather symphonic, more orchestral oriented, Euro heavy/power with some progressive & epic metal parts. To give you a hint, just imagine a mix of Royal Hunt with Avantasia, Rhapsody, Kamelot, Nightwish & Sonata Arctica. Of course, they were influenced by the Euro heavy/power metal movement and by the aforementioned bands but their music has personality and novelty as they can actually compose beautiful music instead of copying some of the genre’s known bands. Once again, they’ve worked with the producer Scott Atkins (Sylosis, Cradle of Filth, Behemoth, etc.) and the sound is solely awesome.
The more spins you give the album the more you get into its epic, imposing & symphonic atmosphere as the guys have focused on catchy melodies and striking orchestral themes more. All the songs are well arranged but the splendid symphonic heavy/prog anthem “Pride (The Warrior’s Way)” with the Japanese features (in the end - a Japanese female singer appears as well) will leave you breathless. Damnation Angels with “Bringer of Light” managed to make a grand entrance into the symphonic heavy/power metal scene…