Eunomia – “The Chronicles Of Eunomia Part 1” (Pride & Joy Music)
Welcome to the fantasy world of Valley Doom and Eunomia created by two Norwegian brothers Marius and Peter Danielsen. Hailing from the beautiful west coast town of Ålesund, Eunomia must be the only glimmer of ethereal light otherwise obscured by the fearsome black metal legions long associated with their country. In fact, I’m actually quite surprised that their houses haven’t been firebombed given how annoyingly uplifting and scarily melodic this is ha ha! Formed in 2011 and aspiring to the cinematic metal of Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, “The Chronicles Of Eunomia Part 1” isn’t quite as dramatic and certainly not operatic, with its power metal is ironically more in the vein of Rhapsody Of Fire and definitely Freedom Call in all its happy clappy sunshine, complete with flower strewn meadows. That said, there are also massively epic and hugely passionate tracks that could fell a cave troll in an instant, not to mention reduce a screaming nazgul into a dribbling wreck through the sheer love inherent in the 12 tracks here. Cheesy as it may sound, the fact that this debut features Alessandro Conti (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody), Henning Basse (Firewind), Victor Smolski (Almanac, ex Rage), Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer) and Gav Owens (ex-Power Quest) – to name but a few of the bigger names – all lending their talents to support the brothers’ dream speaks bounds, as well as manifesting itself superbly across the material here. With Peter Danielsen handling synths and orchestration, there are also choirs and narrations complementing the rest of the instruments, so it is with great credit to all involved here to pull off such an achievement for an underground release. From ‘Stand Up And Fight’ with its rich galloping melody created through the synths and double bass drumming, Peter Danielsen’s soulful vocals are backed by some musclebound choirs which really stir the heart with plenty of warrior passion, capped off beautifully by a powerful but moving solo from Esa Ahonen (Cryonic Temple). On ‘Glory To The King’ the massive sound is driven by 3 guitars from Marius Danielsen, Magnar Wither Skorgenes and Nick Giannakos (Wretch) providing a very rich complement to the stratospheric singalong highs of Francesco Cavalieri (Wind Rose, Fairyland), whose range is only matched by his passion as the thundering rhythm of bassist Ronnie Kønig (Signum Regis, Dream Patrol, Symphonity) and drummer Sondre Sørensen Brøndstad lay into this hugely epic track. With Alessandro Conti bringing his talents on one of the lengthier tracks in the 8 minute ‘We Will Not Surrender’, it’s a mixture of deep power melodies and macho warrior chants more commonly associated with Manowar, but thanks to the belief of the Danielsens, this is an amazing track that hits home straight through the heart in it’s irresistible chorus, not to mention a wailing stirring guitar solo from Sigurd Kårstad (Darkest Sins). A totally amazing effort that shows what faith and years of perseverance can achieve – so book me a ticket to Valley Doom cos I can’t wait for Part 2!