On June 23rd, American/Canadian power metal band Insatia released “Phoenix Aflame” via Pitch Black Records. They are bound to turn some heads with this offering with their fantasy based tales, mythical riffs, and a seductive voice to boot.
Insatia is composed of Zoe Federoff on vocals, Dave Ablaze(also in Blackguard) on bass, Kaelan Sarakinis and Daniel Millan on guitars and drums. Insatia tapped Fabio D’Amore(Serenity) and his partner Ivan Moni Bidin(Starsick System, Pathosray, and Last Warning) for the production of this record and Fabio and Ivan’s work proved to really enhance the quality and production value of this record via Pitch Black Records. Insatia has also tapped the likes of Apollo Papathanasio(Spiritual Beggars, Firewind), Chris Arnott(ex-Arch Enemy, Armageddon), Christian Hermsdorfer(ex-Visions Of Atlantis, Serenity), and Erica James of The Erica James Band to help add to the sonic flair that Insatia possesses with this band.
“Phoenix Aflame” starts off with a haunting and mysterious intro called “Intro(Land Of The Living), which reminds me of a part of a movie with a high quality symphonic backing to lay as the backdrop for what’s about to take place in “Phoenix Aflame”. People will immediately notice how Zoe’s vocals stand out throughout the track, as well as the versatility and range of her voice, whether it’s a power metal rocker such as “Memory Of A Sapphire” or her playing a vulnerable woman in “Not My God”, or even as a beautiful and sultry songstress in the ballad “Velvet Road”. The guitars, layering of the arrangements, and the driving rhythm section does the opposite of what I think can be power metal’s downfall and that is overdoing the riffs and adding way too much symphonic elements for my liking. Insatia accomplishes this by serving the song, and having the ability to blend in the vocals with the rest of the arrangement, and make it sound like a combination of a metal band with the production value of a Broadway play due to its theatrical production of the record and due to the concepts of the album.
Insatia proves that they can hang with the big boys(or girls) with “Phoenix Aflame” due to their serving the song technique and mastery of just crafting an album that will take it beyond the power metalheads and bring it to the symphonic heads and even to those that prefer movie scores and classical music for their tastebuds. This album gets a solid 8 out of 10 for the production value, serving the song, and for the theatrical concepts that “Phoenix Aflame” brings throughout this record. Check out the track listing below!
“Phoenix Aflame” by Insatia
- Intro(Land Of The Living)
- Act Of Mercy
- Memory Of A Sapphire
- We Are The Gray
- Phoenix Aflame
- Not My God
- Captor And The Captive
- Velvet Road
- My Healer Of Hatred
Check out the music video to “Memory Of A Sapphire”
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