The Aerium is/was a Russian band that broke into the world of
metal with classically-trained operatic vocals
with their 2004 album Song For A Dead King
has proven that power metal and operatic vocals can exist in harmony,
though The Aerium is not a power metal band, but more a symphonic
gothic metal band.
But, for several reasons, Dead King
falls a bit flat.
Veronika Sevostyanova's vocals aren't really the problem -- she does
possess a fine voice, though she lacks that special something that,
say, Tarja Turunen possesses, and somehow her vocals seem less
seemlessly integrated with the music as they should be.
Elsewhere, the production is flat (no doubt due to a small budget),
and the musicianship, aside from Andrey Grishin's keyboard work,
is on the unadventurous side.
There seemed to be potential here, but apart from a couple demos a few
years later, the band hasn't been heard from, and is likely done.
Song For The Dead King
Reviews: Lords Of Metal
- Song For The Dead King
- Queen Of Snows
- Treasure Hunter
- On The Pier
- Veronika Sevostyanova
- Kirill Novikov
- Igor Reshentikov
- Andrey Grishin
- Alexander Gubko