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Power/Symphonic metal from the Greek outfit.

It’s been a few years since Neverland released their debut album ‘Reversing Time’, a record I enjoyed but found it hard to be blown away by. They’re basically a fusion of Greek power/symphonic metal band Dreamtone and classical warbler Iris Mavraki, and together any number of labels can be slapped on what they do, but in the end it all boils down to whether it’s actually any good.
‘Ophidia’ is a very competent album. Okay, so this isn’t exactly the most gushing compliment, but that’s how it comes over. It’s well structured, well produced and features performances that are hard to fault. There’s plenty of nice instrumental touches, and the balance of vocalist Organalp and Mavraki works pretty well, although he’s never going to win any awards for what is essentially a rather average voice. The main drawback with this album is that as interesting as the songs are they just don’t stay in your head, and after several plays through I still can’t hum a few bars of anything. That said, each time I listen to it I enjoy myself.
Neverland aren’t as operatic as you may have been led to believe, and anyone expecting a Nightwish type opus will not be happy. There’s plenty of keyboards and atmospheric shit, but precious few songs that will have you up and dancing. This is a mood fuelled album that fuses melodic rock, prog and power metal, but ultimately it’s not all that memorable due to the fact that it’s just too busy.
Alan Holloway
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