Beginning life as Parallax in 2011, Ignea released the Sputnik EP. Described as Ukrainian progressive metal, it combined both orchestral and more common rock elements to produce a grandiose, operatic sound. Space and other worlds are a common theme and, following their name change in 2015, Ignea have now released the first track from their upcoming album.
Much as with their first offering, Alga is a work of art in theatrical, orchestral hyperbole. Opening with twinkling xylophones, a string crescendo and soft cymbal crashes before swelling to incorporate the rest of the orchestra, we would be forgiven for feeling that we are hearing the OST to a Tim Burton film. The crescendo continues before the more usual guitars take over, accompanied by Helle Bogdanova’s song for a land at war.
The imagery is obvious, the sound medieval and, whilst it is all very pretty it is nothing we haven’t heard before. Musically they are flawless but their vocals fall far behind; not as operatically trained as Nightwish nor as powerful they come a poor second to a band from whom they appear to have borrowed heavily. I feel that, in going for perfection, they have lost emotion and the end result is, dare I say it, a little too Eurovision for my taste.