Ask someone to make a top 10 of Female fronted symphonic metal bands and you get a list with bands based in Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and other European countries. There are not a lot hailing from Mexico (except for Marcela Bovio), at least not as I know. Things are going to change with this second album of Vitruvius titled Above the Silvered Sky.
With Dulce Robles they have the perfect singer for this style. What is more important is that the songs are very variable, good arranged and with nice melodies. After the short intro, the album opens with “Heaven and Hell.” Not a very heavy track, but one in which immediately Robles shows that her singing can compete with more known singers in the genre. Another strong point are the guitar solos of Oskar Villarreal and the bombastic sounding keyboards of Lucas Espinoza (who is a guest on a few tracks). “Empty Promises” is a lot faster and is more a heavy metal song, but its time changes add on versatility throughout its 5 minutes. The next song I have to mention is “Forgotten Smiles,” a ballad that contributes once again to the album’s variety. It’s a very nice touch to the 11-track release. Robles showcases that her vocal range is not to be underestimated; she can sing very emotionally in the lower registers but also rock the shit out of you with high-pitched screams. I already said that there is enough variety, and songs like “Apocalypse” and “Silence” underline that. With style. The former, as the title suggest, bringing a bit of apocalyptic atmosphere through the perfectly executed guitar riffs and solos, and the latter as a soft track with acoustic parts, bombastic arrangements and, once again, Robles’ touching voice.
After that the journey continues in songs with multi layered vocals, beautiful melodies, emotional singing, nice guitar solos and crushing riffs. The variety in heaviness and tempo keeps the album interesting until the last note. One of the most beautiful and enchanting songs of this year is “Uncertainity.” It can be counted as a piece that probably summarises what Vitruvius is about on Above the Silvered Sky.
Final conclusion is that this sophomore album of Vitruvius is one that can compete with all the European competitors. No, it is not original, but it is done so sophisticated and in well written songs with gorgeous melodies that every fan of female fronted symphonic metal has to dive in.
Get Above the Silvered Sky from Bandcamp.