Akoma – “The Other Side”

Akoma – “The Other Side” EP (www.facebook.com/akomamusic)

Wow, fate could’ve only willed this: this EP literally came flying thru my letterbox about 10 mins ago and it has blown me away to start reviewing it already, cos it’s that good! It seems to have been uncannily timed with the release of “The Hunger Games” and at the risk of unintentionally insulting the band, who are amazingly gifted musically, I couldn’t help but think that some of the dudes could’ve been in that movie with their neo goth metal look! Still, although from Denmark, their name has been derived from a West African word for ‘patience’ or ‘tolerance’ and it’s definitely translated into the suave, symphonic songs like ‘Immortal Love’, ‘Without You’ and ‘Bittersweet Memories’. Characterized by a heavy rhythm, but a laced with feminine gothic melancholy, the standout gem has to be Tanya Bell’s angelic soprano vocals that top off the sophisticated material, which I can believe has indeed taken time to have been crafted to such a high level. Akoma are Denmark’s answer to Nightwish, Xandria and Within Temptation – with a quality to match!

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