here it comes!!

The first single, fresh off the press. Metaphorically, duh.

Yes you can say they abuse these choral harmonies, but damn, why not if no-one else does it? Can a band have a trademark sound or not?

I was somewhat unsure about how Gaby was going to blend in, but they managed to find a way for her singular voice to work in the context of the whole sonic debauchery that Coronatus is. Mind you, it’s an affectional term.

And looks like Mareike has found a better balance to her voice as well. I was sorry to lose Anny, but all these developments – seemingly in a(n even more outlandish) progressive direction – they make me happy and anxious to finally get to hear this album in full.

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a revolution of sorts

Massacre Records does this sort of promotion where they simply post full-length albums for streaming on youtube. Yup, officially. Only found out about it recently.

Which means: you dear readers have no excuses anymore.

Where do we start? Well, why not with the first Coronatus album recorded with Anny Maleyes… if anything, it has this third track that has these uncharacteristically topical social lyrics. And the final one, in German, is also along the same lines, though less direct.

Other than that, it’s as good an introduction to the band as any other Carmen-fronted album of theirs. It has those catchy little melodies, those unorthodox rhythms strongly hinting at extreme metal genres, both these aspects readily blending here and there into those kinda-kitschy semi-dance/semi-folk structures that no other metal band I know uses… and of course those vocals in two contrasting styles.

beautiful. just… beautiful.

Musically, it’s as good as Coronatus has always been; and Anny is a powerhouse, even better than on the previous album.

Visually, it’s definitely the best Coronatus video to date, and one of the best metal videos I have ever seen (and I’ve seen quite a few).

Yes it is a sad one. You could even say, a bit cliché. But for Coronatus, these topics come naturally.

been a fan of this German band for years…

…but generally to me “Coronatus” has always meant “Carmen”; the sole album recorded w/o her never interested me, and I was overjoyed when she came back.

But Coronatus have always had two singers (once even three): Carmen and, well, someone else. The juxtaposition of Carmen’s archetypal ‘opera’ voice and someone else’s (these varied) pop/rock one has always worked great – but most of those someone-elses, well, they weren’t that interesting on their own.

And now I’m starting to think of Coronatus as “Carmen and Anny” – because Anny’s the first ‘pop/rock’ one in all these years who can truly stand her ground and shine next to Carmen, being every bit as-good-but-different. Anny’s style, power and timbre remind me a lot of those of Inkubus Sukkubus’ Candia Ridley’s actually, and if you have ever heard Candia, you know it’s a rare voice we’re talking about here.

They’re recording a new album now, and I can only hope there are many more to come out with this particular lineup.