Kantica is an Italian symphonic metal band that was the brain child of Matteo‘Vevo’ Venzano. The album “Reborn in Aesthetics” is laden with orchestra music perfectly blended with a heavy symphonic metal sound that is very well done and mixed to perfection. When you really listen to this album there is so much going on during the songs it is quite impressive. You have Chiara Manese on vocals with her impressive range and all around great voice. Add in Matteo ‘Vevo’ Venzano and Andy ‘K’ Cappellari for the dual guitar attack and you have symphonic metal with attitude and a ton of great guitar work and solos. They also have keyboardist Enrico Borro that is adding so many different elements to the sound, the album becomes a festival for the ears. Rounding out the group we have Tiziana ‘Titti’ Cotella on drums that really keeps the music moving with the pace of herdrumming, and finally Fulvio DeCastelli on bass to round out a great sounding album.
As we get started on the eleven song 49-minute journey. The album starts with (Re)Born Unto Aestheticism which is a very eerie musical opener. The synthesized sounds are very dark and dramatic. Then we have what sounds like Medieval monks chanting with some female vocal sounds over them. The drum beat has even got a feel and an atmosphere to it that blends right in. Then we explode into the song Fascination Of The Elements. The drum work with the double bass just plain blows your face off. A dark sounding guitar riff accompanies the drum sound. Then the song mellows into a soft piano sound and we are introduced to the wonderful vocals of Manese. The first minute and a half of this song has so much going on it is impressive. Manese has a great pure metal voice to go with her operatic range and it is all on display in this first song. We get a quick keyboard solo along with two blistering guitar solos. The guitar work on this album is spectacular and Cappellari is a master on the axe. This song really has it all. It is a great start to the album and make you want to hear more. This six-minute song is epic in every way.
Another great song was And Then There Was Pain. It has a great keyboard opening from Borra accompanied by Cotella crushing the double bass drums along with it. The pace and feel of this song is very different then Fascination Of The Elements, but they fit together perfectly. Manese mainly singing in pure metal style here, but there is so much richness in her voice and the little changes that she makes that keep it very interesting to listen to. She even sings part of this song with a deeper voice, once again showing us how much versatility, she has.
The first single from the album is Albatross. It has a very soft into which sounds like soft bells before chugging into a solid guitar riff and those drums again just pacing the song along. I must mention how impressed I am with Cotella on drums. The drums really keep all the songs feeling like they are moving forward at all times. There are lots of little guitar riffs and solos in this song that I absolutely love. I just can’t get over how many of these songs feel so fast. For a symphonic metal band, it has an incredibly full sound and leaves a lasting impression.
I have only touched on few on the songs this album has to offer, but there is not a bad song on this album. I listen to a lot of symphonic metal and it takes something pretty special for me to take notice. This album has achieved that and will be one I will be listening to for a long time. We all know the main players in this kind of music, Nightwish, Epic, Within Temptation and many more. This album feels like they have taken symphonic metal a step further. It is harder, faster and has so much going on during each song, it really sets itself apart from the crowd. Quite simply this album is a masterpiece! I highly recommend this album and think you will really enjoy listening to it for a long time.
Score: 4.75 / 5.0
Review by Eric Pefley