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Nemesea, more than a tribute to Evanescence I think,
This review is from: In Control (Audio CD)
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Nemesea's style of music, a gothic rock mix of heavy guitar riffs, electro keyboards and female vocals, has attracted favourable comparisons with the likes of Evanescence and Within Temptation, which should be taken as a huge compliment such is the success of these bands.
Originating from Holland the band was formed in 2002 by front girl singer Manda Ophuis and guitarist HJ (Hedrik Jan de Jong). They released their debut album `Mana' (variously described as meaning `a source of magic') in 2004 and after extensive touring of Holland and Belgium during the next few years they became established artists, in those countries at least, in the Rock/Metal scene. The follow up album `In Control' was released in June 2007.
This album is my first experience of Nemesea, and for me there are all the ingredients here which justify the bands favourable reviews and to elevate them far out of the league of simply another Evanescence tribute act.
Manda's vocals (there's no sign of a Dutch accent) are versatile without the shrillness of Within Temptation's singer Sharon den Adel and less tragically emotional than Amy Lee, and the guitar work is straight out of the Evanescence riff book - the same chords but different sequence.
In my opinion there really are no bad tracks on this album, and the highlights for me are `Home' and the beautiful ballad (with Cubworld) `The Way I Feel' which are candidates for hit singles. My favourite is the rocky, catchy `Like the Air' which is easily worthy of expanding to double its 3 minute duration to make it a real `Bring Me To Life' Evanescence chart success contender.
The only let down is the album's length, or lack of it, which at 34 minutes is far too short, and some of the tracks, which range from under 3 minutes to a little over 4, do have scope to be expanded to create some real epics.
Then again, it did leave me wanting more and I'll certainly be buying the debut album.