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The Dark El­e­ment

FRON­TIERS MU­SIC Ex-Nightwish front­woman finds the power metal path of least re­sis­tance For some­one who’s long been re­garded ‘con­tro­ver­sial’, there’s very lit­tle in Anette Ol­zon’s (ex-Nightwish) new ven­ture that could be con­sid­ered so. To­gether with gui­tarist Jani Li­imatainen (ex-Sonata Arc­tica), on The Dark El­e­ment the pair chan­nel the power and melo­drama of their for­mer bands while do­ing away with or­ches­tral com­plex­ity in favour of ef­fer­ves­cent synths. Their ap­proach is sim­ply to craft the catchi­est melodies pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially in the cho­ruses of the ti­tle track, the scathing Dead To Me and Only One Who Knows Me. Anette’s pow­er­house voice is a gem as al­ways, es­pe­cially on My Sweet Mys­tery, whose open­ing riff is de­li­ciously close to sound­ing like a lost Nightwish track. There are no heart-stop­ping mo­ments, but mu­si­cally, Anette sounds like she’s ex­actly where she needs to be. FOR FANS OF: SONATA ARC­TICA, NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS

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