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Artist:

Delphian

Album:

Oracle

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Lion Music
Genre: [Heavy Metal]
Overall Rating: 6.5
Music: 6.5
Production: 6.5


Lately more and more female-fronted metal bands have emerged into the scene, and one of the last entrants is Delphian. Unlike most of these female-fronted bands, Delphian doesn't play symphonic metal with choir sections... instead, this band strives after playing more traditional metal, and thus the material on their debut offering "Oracle" varies from metal songs to acoustic ballads.

The band was founded by guitarist Coert Bouten and Sun Caged drummer Roel van Helden. In the summer of 2003, the line-up got completed with Marcel Volleberg, Sjoerd Hoeijmakers and Aniek Janssen. Naturally, Janssen's clear vocal lines are one of the most distinctive features of Delphian's music... the music itself isn't too spectacular though, although this record has its moments.

Joost van den Broek (After Forever, Star One/Ayreon, ex-Sun Caged) took care of mixing "Oracle", so it isn't suprising that the sounds on this record are rather fitting. Regardless, there's room for improvement regarding some aspects of the mix... for example, the hi-hat could have sounded better. On the whole, however, the sounds are quite good.

Overall, Delphian's Oracle is fairly good debut album that may appeal to some listeners of metal (especially those who favor bands with female vocalists).

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- MAGE (July 25th, 2005)



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LINE-UP:
Janssen, Aniek: Vocals & Flute
Bouten, Coert: Guitar
Volleberg, Marcel: Guitar
van Helden, Roel: Drums
Hoeijmakers, Sjoerd: Bass
Producer: Reinders, Hans & Delphian
Mixing by: van den Broek, Joost
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Delphian - Oracle  CD  Cover Image
01. My Confession
02. Fall
03. Never Willing, Still Fulfilling
04. Sylvester's Dusk
05. Moments
06. Salvation
07. The Unknown
08. On Sale
09. Wrong Turn
10. Door to Reality

Length: 54:22
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