Everdawn is a female fronted symphonic metal band hailing from New Jersey in the United States with Venera being the band’s second release. This follows on from the debut Cleopatra which came out in 2021 and immediately marked them out as a band to keep a close watch on.
The band began life in 2014 initially under the name Midnight Eternal and was put together by Boris Zaks and Richard Fischer along with the DeadRisen pairing of Dan Prestup and Mike LePond of Symphony X, Ross The Boss and Death Dealer acclaim. Eventually, they joined forces with the incredible Russian born but now Canadian resident Alina Gavrilenko, a soprano with a truly outstanding voice and a range that sends a shiver down your spine. Tours with Queensrÿche and Therion gave the band valuable experience (as if that was really needed) and the new name was chosen for the debut to mark the next step in the group’s development.
Cleopatra was a great symphonic album and announced a new pretender to the crown, wowing all those fortunate to hear the band and especially the singer and this neatly set the stage for album number two which has taken everything on the debut and magnified by a factor of 10 to make for a supremely powerful and moving symphonic masterpiece. Sadly, LePond had to remove himself from the team due to an extremely congested diary but a ready-made replacement came in with Alan D’Angelo seamlessly taking over on bass duties.
Venera is more powerful and in-your-face that its predecessor with Gavrilenko raising the bar immensely with her delivery and voice that is truly something else; this girl has a voice that can shatter crystal! A tour with veteran Michael Schenker has further raised their profile and Venera has now put them at a new level so that they stand shoulder to shoulder with the big three of Delain, Nightwish and Within Temptation.
The music is bombastic and pomp driven with superb orchestration led by the stunning guitars of the exceptional Richard Fischer who lays down stupendous riffs and searing solos and all suitably accompanied by the powerhouse bass and drums of Alan D’Angelo and Dan Prestup with layers of sumptuous keyboards from Boris Zaks emphasising the symphonic nature of the work. The tracks tend to be in the 3 to 5-miunte range except for the epic near 13-minute Truer Words Ever Spoken which is an emphatic statement from the band and a real indicator of the direction they are now moving in.
For anyone who relishes female fronted symphonic metal and all thing soprano then there is a new altar to worship at – all hail Everdawn!
Venera is available now via Frontiers Records.
- Cassiopeia (3:47)
- Century Black (3:16)
- Silver Lining (3:39)
- Karmic Partner (3:31)
- Northern Star (3:30)
- Justify the Means (3:24)
- The Promise (3:49)
- Crimson Dusk and Silver Dawn (2:43)
- Venera (4:35)
- Orion’s Belt (4:51)
- Images Everlasting (4:32)
- Samsara (3:38)
- Truer Words Ever Spoken (12:44)
- Beneath the Well (4:13)