Finland’s Vinide sound a bit like a lot of different bands. Influences are bound to crop up but on their album “Reveal,” I find little revealed about Vinide other than they are a mix of Epica, Therion and Avantasia. On the plus side, these are all great bands that mix symphonic metal with power metal. Vinide are talented enough to pull off this style of metal too.
Vocalist and mainman Elmeri Kinnunen has a very good voice who does remind me a bit of Tobias Sammet. Musically, the band move from the over-the-top and operatic “The Beginning Scene” which does channel Therion to the acoustic driven balladry of the title track. They are good at each style. Things do get a tad silly with the spoken interlude “Anger” which I hate, along with “The Plea” and “The Truth.”
I really hate dialogue. If I wanted dialogue, I’d watch a fucking movie or read a book. Plus it kills any momentum built by track like “The Rat” which has a thick heavy bottom to match the abundance of strings and the Nighwish-like “Believe.” One of the better tracks in my opinion is “The Great Voyage” which has the right amount of grandeur along with a mid tempo pace. Vinide sound better as a symphonic metal band than a break neck power metal band.
“Reveal” has a lot of potential but too much filler to be a great album. Vinide is VERY skilled and the production is top notch. If you are a fan of the heavier side of symphonic metal, you’ll probably find plenty of enjoyment throughout “Reveal.” This is one of those situations where the album isn’t my cup of tea but I recognize when something is good and this is that.
2. The Beginning Scene
6. The Rat
9. The Truth
10. The Plan
13. Another Dimension
14. The Great Voyage
15. Save The Earth