Angelwings initially formed in 2013 as a Nightwish covers band but shortly afterwards began writing their own material whilst still retaining that operatic/symphonic/Gothic flavour favoured by Nightwish and the many bands that have since followed their template.
What does make Angelwings stand out is that they are from Gibraltar and, according to the publicity, are the only symphonic metal band from there, but with a population just over 32,000 then there must also be many other genres with just the one band to covering it!
The band released the debut, The Edge Of Innocence, in 2017 and has taken their time in following it up with Primordium although the band has gone through a huge and truly significant change in personnel which most probably accounts for the delay. The band now features the delicious vocals of Davinia Cano, Glen Cano on keyboards and programming, Dani Ramirez on bass, Ismael Giraldo on drums and the twin guitarists of Carlos Gonzalez and David Ramirez. However, it does also seem that Giraldo has subsequently left the band too so maybe someone in the band has a hand of steel and everything has to the done their way!
As with so many albums nowadays, it is a concept work with this one being a tale of a divine lost soul fighting for freedom, and these sorts of fantasy epic tales do go so well with symphonic metal. The music is grand and epic and very much in Nightwish territory so if you are a fan of female fronted symphonic metal bands with a heroic fantasy theme then you will thoroughly enjoy this work by Angelwings. The vocals of Davinia Cano are sumptuous and so wonderfully endearing and she is going to be a singer that we all have to keep an eye on because, sooner or later, one of the bigger bands is sure to come calling.
The new album is most definitely heavier than the first with the guitars very much more to the fore with lots of riffs and great lead breaks but all within the overall symphonic framework with wonderful accompanying keyboards and orchestration. The album kicks off with the 10-minute epic track Genesis which also features Jeroen Goosens on a variety of wind instruments and the vocals of Carlos Alvarez which sets the scene for much of what is to come with Davinia Cano slowly introducing her vocals which are someway of the background before bursting forward and showing her full potential.
This is going to be an album that will feature alongside the usual bands in Nightwish, Delain, Sirenia, Within Temptation etc but it doesn’t quite tell the whole story as Angelwings are very much their own band and have something new to say. There are some darker vocals alongside the clarity and purity of Davinia Cano and they combine perfectly as the typical beauty and the beast, great stuff indeed.
Primordium track list
- Genesis (10:33)
- Primordium (6:24)
- Nature’s Lullaby (6:28)
- Fallen Angel Song (5:19)
- Sail Away (5:11)
- Dehumanised (2:12)
- Trapped (6:57)
- Changes (6:08)
- Prayer (5:37)
- Lies & Secrets (5:37)