A while back, MaYaN launched a successful indiegogo campaign to get an orchestra for it this album and this, their third album, is the first to feature one with the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. And it is glorious. I’m a sucker for this kind of music and when used to great effect, like it is here, I am enthralled.
The number of full time band members has expanded to 10 now with the addition of George Oosthoek(growls) and Roel Käller (bass). And it seems that Marcela is now a full time member too. Great news for us! Love Marcela! We also have Merel Bechtold of Delain providing some of the guitar work, which is a great thing too! Still here are founder Mark Jansen (Epica) bringing some harsh vocals, Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) on harsh vocals and keys, Frank Schiphorst on guitars, on yet more vocals, Laura Macri and Henning Basse, and Ariën van Weesenbeek on drums and even more harsh vocals. We have the vocals covered here. 🙂
Highlights and things to note:
The Rhythm of Freedom (which is the first single from the album and can currently be found on YouTube, link below), starts us off with a big, bombastic orchestra and choir. This track gives us a great doomy feel amid the driving drums and riffs. The growls are present in full force here and throughout the album. And, like in Epica and past MaYaN releases, they are very understandable. Which I love as well.
Dhyana is the second single released (video below) and with it we get a cool acoustic number with Marcela’s freaking beautiful voice along with Laura Macrì, who is new to me, and who has a beautiful, and also operatic, voice as well. Guitar, which I’ve read is provided on this track by Merel, and an orchestra with layered vocals (English, Italian, and Spanish) and a light choir join in too. Great track and a rest from the onslaught.
With Rebirth From Despair, the growls are back! Another great rocking track and we are treated to some cool sounding bass getting the spotlight. My god, the female vocals on this are amazing.
The Illusory is the epic of the album. Epic in sound and the longest track at a bit over 9 minutes. A whole lot going on here and very bombastic. Love it!
Satori is a perfect orchestral track. Like something out of an epic fantasy movie. I felt it ended too soon. The last track, Set Me Free, has a clean vocal that kind of sounds like Jon Oliva, more so than usual.
So what you have is not much different from previous MaYaN albums, but that isn’t a bad thing. You have the heavy complex tracks, the short orchestral interludes, the growls, the screams, the beautiful operatic vocals… it’s all here. The live orchestra takes it up a notch.
There is a two disc edition available with one being an instrumental version of the album. I shall be ordering that one. Dig in and let us know what you think!
01. The Rhythm Of Freedom
02. Tornado Of Thoughts – I Don’t Think Therefore I Am
03. Saints Don’t Die
05. Rebirth From Despair
06. The Power Process
07. The Illusory Self
09. Maya – The Veil Of Delusion
10. The Flaming Rage Of God
11. Set Me Free
Release Date: 09/21/2018
Label: Nuclear Blast
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