Inner Wound Recordings
Angel Nation, the melodic metal band founded by the classically trained Finnish singer Elina Siirala [also in Leaves' Eyes] are finally back with their second album "Aeon"! The power of metal and rock combined with Elina's ethereal yet strong and emotional vocals create the perfect platform for stories of both earthly and otherworldly. The album includes a guest appearances by Jukka Pelkonen [Omnium Gatherum], Elina's mother Merit Palas on violin, and the artwork is created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Delain, Leah]. Angel Nation's second album "Aeon" continues the musical diversity that Elina likes to express in her songwriting. The unique blend of retro and modern sounds is developed even further with this album.
Aeon starts with Burn The Witch, the intro is short but fades in very well. The song has a good structure, beautiful lyrics and it makes me happy right away. Blood Is On Your Hands again shows us that the songwriting from Angel Nation never disappoints.
1. Burn The Witch
2. Blood Is On Your Hands
3. Breathe Again
4. Wonder Who You Are
6. Free (feat. Jukka Pelkonen)
7. Enough Is Enough
8. Music Plays
Same goes for Breathe Again, up till now I love everything I hear, I don’t have a bad worth to say about it besides that I would have liked to hear Elina’s voice a bit louder. However this is only on the first few songs.
Elina Siirala - Vocals
Julia B Cadau - Bass
Lucas Williamson - Drums
Sonny Antoniou - Guitar
Wonder Who You Are is different than the other songs, in the intro it seems like it’s going to be a ballad, until those guitars come in. This might be one of my favorite songs on Aeon! I really like the synthesized effects in the background as well on all tracks. Farewell has a slower pace and comes close to the power ballad sound. I like the melody a bit less in this song, because it is much of the same thing. Free features Omnium Gatherings’ Jukka Pelkonen, I love how his and Elina’s voices sound together, a beauty and the beast dynamic.
Enough Is Enough has a very nice guitar intro, which sets the tone for the song. It is full of energy and it has a very catchy melody. The lyrics are very empowering too, and that’s a huge plus! Another beautiful song is Music Plays, which is indeed the ballad.
Here you can really hear how amazing Elina’s voice is, and I really enjoy how natural her singing sounds. She makes it sound so easy (but we all know it’s not)! The instrumentals build up as well, and that violin, I got chills. I think it’s amazing that Elina’s own mother played those, it’s a nice extra touch to the song. I think, if I ever hear this song live, I will get emotional.
Fireflies somehow has a poppy feel to it, I don’t know why I think that, maybe because of the added synth effects but it’s definitely not a bad thing. It shows how versatile Angel Nation can be! The last song of Aeon is Destination, which is also the longest track on the album (6:29). It’s is a very good track, but unfortunately one of the less memorable for me.
All in all, my expectations have been exceeded! All songs required multiple listening sessions for me to form a clear opinion, but I was sold right away. The album is very consistent, the quality is amazing and I was never bored with it. I give Aeon an 9 out of 10! I’m hoping to catch Angel Nation on tour soon, and if you can, you should do so too!