The third EP from this Danish female fronted symphonic metal quintet, Akoma prefer to play at a mid-tempo or slower pacing, balancing their keyboard and guitar use to set up a serene soundscape. A majority of the guitar parts from Morten Harboe and Per Korsgaard have this Therion spirit coursing through- from “Bittersweet Memories” through the closing epic march of “Immortal Love”. Tanya Bell as a singer lives in the upper range, synthesizing operatic melodies with the power of Lacuna Coil or The Gathering.
Akoma excel in dynamic pacing and arrangement skills- they don’t always feel the need to be flashy and gain comfort in building tension through subtle drum shifts or adding another layer to their sound. “My Love” as a ballad takes the proceedings down to a quieter level, Tanya’s plaintive melodies soaring high above the angelic keyboard strains and crashing power chords.
With plans to finish a full length album in 2013, I don’t see any reason why this band couldn’t be signed to an international metal label deal based on the quality present for the 6 songs on “The Other Side”. If you enjoy the heavier side of symphonic metal, Akoma will meet your expectations.
Rating: 4.5 / 6
Composed by Matt Coe