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Savn, a new contender within the genre of Symphonic Metal, have released an album that is, in so many ways excellent.

One of the great things about being a writer for Fireworks Magazine/Rocktopia is being offered a chance to listen to a band just making their presence known. Such was the case when I received an email from our Reviews Ed asking if I would be interested in listening to the band we are talking about here, Savn (meaning Deprivation), featuring Carmen Elise Espenaes (the sister of Leaves Eyes songstress, Liv Kristine). Joining Espenaes are Stig Johansen (Behemoth, The Sins Of Thy Beloved) on guitars/vocals and Anders Thue (TSOTB) on keyboards. Collaborating with them are session musicians Felix Born (Leaves Eyes) on drums and Thorsen Bauer (Atrocity/Leaves Eyes) on guitar and bass.

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To give an idea of what to expect when hearing Savn for the first time, imagine a blend of the coated sounds of Shaman, the female vocals of Nemesea and the full, theatrical music of the exceptional Voyager. Part Gothic, part Folk and all Symphonic; each song is very orchestral, layered, coated with synthesizers and many featuring wonderful accompaniment that comes from an adeptly played piano. The guitars, drums and keyboards are spot on, the song-writing superb and on several tracks it was easy to get lost in the music. Additional stringed instruments and vocals added even more to the creation that is Savn, so at no time did the music feel week, thin or empty. The only minor downside of this otherwise great release was the vocals of Espenaes, while they are passionate and loud, it would have lifted the release even higher were they more understandable and the lyrics clearer, but this to be somewhat understood taking into consideration Espenaes' accent.

A reach for the volume knob was made during the introduction of the opening track 'Musical Silence' with its fantastic accompaniment of a piano. Also marvellous was the heaviness and the vocal growls of 'The Demons In Me', the beautiful intro of 'Longing For Love', the full Symphonic, head nodding 'Sorrowful', the Renaissance/Folk sounding 'All I Want' and the malicious 'I Am Free' featuring a duet between Espenaes and her sister Kristine.

Savn, a new contender within the genre of Symphonic Metal, have released an album that is, in so many ways excellent.
Yes, the vocals could have been better recorded so as to be really able to understand the full story behind the music, but nevertheless, this is a solid undertaking that should be heard by fans, of not only Female-Fronted bands, but anyone who can appreciate a group of musicians who have come together to release a carefully crafted collection of tracks. Savn has done just that.

Franco Cerchiari

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