Nayades – ‘White Winter Tale’   7 comments

Power metal from Madrid, Spain, Nayades, founded in 2009, have a wide range of influences. Affected by the usual line-up changes, up till 2014, when the current line-up became permanent, 2012 saw them release a 4 track demo EP, entitled, ‘Winter Is Coming’. Highly acclaimed, it was widely toured in Spain. In 2016, they began recording ‘White Winter Tale’, released January 20th, 2017. They’re presently touring the album, in Spain.

Once Upon A Winter Tale – Well captured winter background scene sound introing, briefly. Enough to intrigue and whet the appetite for more.

Black Wings To The Moonlight – Banging start and just what any true power metal fan should expect). Instantly catchy melody, delightfully fun power screams, exhilarating pace and all fitting together, to create that breath of fresh air and freedom that comes from the most sincerely performed power metal. Riffs to die for. Massively exciting drum rolls. True metal therapy at its best.

Losing Control – Feel that opening riff tearing through you and sliding into your soul. Blissful vocals, so much visual imagery, you can just sense yourself there, in the midst of the White Winter Tale and they’ve definitely nailed the way to make the emotions of the moment flow so fluidly, from one natural point of feeling to another. You just have to get right into this and frankly, if you didn’t, you’d have to be as cold as the White Winter itself. Magnificent.

Ghost Of Myself – Oh yeah! Another sexily warm, body melting riff intro, taking you with it and bringing you into the song and all the emotional release that comes with it. You’ve got to scream along with that awesome power scream, halfway through and just let it carry you away, downstream, to the river of metal dreams. This is where it’s at.

Buyer Of Souls – Chugging heavy riffs and booming drums opening the show here and moving straight into 5th gear, with those gorgeously sexy, mind melting vocals. The same can be said for the naturally intense pace of those drums, never missing a beat. Just full to the brim with absolute power, lovingly conveyed melody and total metal conviction. That is the business.

Forever – Instant impact, those red hot riffs and unbelievably passionate vocals fly into life, filling the surrounding space with pure metallic love. Energy x 1000. Packed with light, life and joyous sounds. Instant hit, without a doubt.

No Tomorrow – Cymbal action introing here, just before the glorious heaviness comes to life and makes its presence felt again. A beautiful blitz fest of all that rocks about power metal. That fabulously fun pace returns once more, flooding your senses with satiating metal vibes. Power’s a huge understatement.

Save Me – Dudes, trust me, you already have. Opening this one in a different style, initially, with a change of vibration, just briefly, then picking it back up again, with more metal therapy, with the same vibrant energy as before; it really is aptly titled, as it does exactly that, for we who love and feel power metal within the depths of our souls. Just beautiful. Gorgeous fade-out, too.

Into The Labyrinth – Now those drums take centre stage, with the perfect opportunity to shine, during a round of bullets, discharged with total precision and skill. Accompanied and followed by more of those amazingly melodic riffs, in a pure, incredible instrumental, of stunning quality – adding yet another dimension to this album of mind blowing metal.

White Winter Skies – Great, well thought out, smoothly delivered intro, just slightly mellower in vocal tone, but certainly no less enthralling. Again, the hailstone attack of drums, coming at you like an intricately timed round of musical ammo. Those riffs are amongst the best of the best, as is the emotion conveyed through the vocals. Brilliantly intense pace and so utterly heart-warming, whilst simultaneously placing within you, a palpable sense of the coldness of winter. Complete pleasure and enjoyment lies within its’ songscape.

Mindcage Demons – A thoroughly life affirming riff fest, of massively colourful proportions, much like driving the dodgems, to its beat, increasing your speed with every second. Really thought-provoking lyrics, still providing that sense of sheer freedom, freshness and atmosphere, that seems to open up that place inside you and blow all the darkness away, whilst bringing in the light. Pure love.

Overall – All the compliments in the world couldn’t possibly do this justice. It really is one of those few rare examples of such amazingly perceptive, intuitive, insightful gems of its genre, that leave others standing and claim a place in your heart forever. True power metal fans will adore and treasure this, for all time.

10/10 **********

For fans of Farseer, Enforcer, White Wizzard, Crowning Glory, Celtic Legacy, H.O.D., Cauldron, Powervice.

Posted June 23, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

7 responses to “Nayades – ‘White Winter Tale’

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