Origin: France
Genres: Power Metal
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Fairyland  


Normally the name of a band is not the focus on a site such as this, but in this case an exception must be made. It clearly says something about the difference between the current metal cultures of Europe and America, where in France a band can call themselves Fairyland and actually expect to be taken seriously. Apparently the band previously tried some other names, only slightly better (Fantasy, Fantasia) before settling on their present monicker. On to the music ... Fairyland specializes in bombastic, symphonic, keyboard-driven metal (at times the guitars seem almost buried beneath the swirling keyboards), often reminiscent of Rhapsody Of Fire (indeed, Fairyland does sound like any number of Italian bands playing this style), with vocals courtesy of former Dark Moor singer Elisa Martin. Martin is a rarity among female singers in metal, most of whom specialize either in softer, more angelic vocals (Tarja Turunen et. al.), or, in a few cases, opt for the other extreme of death-ish growls (Angela Gossow, Karyn Crisis). Elisa Martin, on the other hand, is a classic Euro power metal vocalist who just happens to be female. (Update: she has since been replaced.) Her vocals fit the music perfectly, while the backing male choirs, though technically well performed, are a bit overdone. In general, Fairyland's songwriting is sometimes adventurous in a good sense, and sometimes overly grandiose in a bad sense. Clearly the target audience here is European, and those into Rhapsody-styled symphonic music with a fantasy bent will like this band. But, that name ...

In July 2007 it was announced that the entire band, save founder Phillipe Giordana, had departed to pursue their own project. Giordana has decided to retain the Fairyland name, but the group is now formally a solo project.

Current Members

Philippe Giordana

keyboards/backing vocals

Former Members/Guests

Elisa Martin

vocals (Dark Moor, Dreamaker)

Max Leclercq

vocals

Anthony Parker

guitars/backing vocals

Thomas Cesario

guitars/bass

Willdric Levin

drums/backing vocals

Pierre-Emmanual Desfray

drums


Discography



Of Wars In Osyrhia 
2003 Arise
  1. Intro
  2. Ride With The Sun
  3. Doryan The Enlighted
  4. The Story Teller
  5. Fight For Your King
  6. On The Path To Fury
  7. Rebirth
  8. The FellowShip
  9. A Dark Omen
  10. The Army Of The White Mountains
  11. Of Wars In Osyrhia
  • Elisa Martin
  • Anthony Parker
  • Philippe Giordana
  • Willdric Levin

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



The Fall Of An Empire 
2006 Napalm
  1. Endgame
  2. The Fall Of An Empire
  3. Lost In The Dark Lands
  4. Slaves Forlorn
  5. The Awakening
  6. Eldanie Uellė
  7. Clanner Of The Light
  8. To The Havenrod
  9. The Walls Of Laemnil
  10. Anmorkenta
  11. In Duna
  12. The Story Remains
  13. Look Into Lost Years
  14. Across The Endless Sea
  • Max Leclercq
  • Anthony Parker
  • Philippe Giordana
  • Thomas Cesario
  • Pierre-Emmanual Desfray

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Score To A New Beginning 
2009
  1. Opening Credits
  2. Across The Endless Sea Part II
  3. Assault On The Shore
  4. Leviathan
  5. A Soldier's Letter
  6. Godsent
  7. At The Gates Of Morken
  8. Rise Of The Giants
  9. Score To A New Beginning
  10. End Credits

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 

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