ReVamp – “Wild Card”

ReVamp – “Wild Card” (Nuclear Blast Records)

Floor Jansen needs no introduction: the former vocalist of cult Dutch band After Forever, the members of which went on to form Epica, she then formed her own group – ReVamp – releasing their self titled debut in 2010. Sadly, after heavy touring took its toll in 2011, Floor suffered a burnout but nevertheless continued to write material while she recuperated. In 2012, she received an offer to sing for Nightwish, which led to the postponement of this album, but it’s been well worth the wait. Firstly, Jansen’s power simply kicked my nuts with her amazing vocals – ranging from operatic to soprano to growls – I guess she’s clearly recovered ouch! Secondly the music itself has a tremendous amount of energy and passion, literally unleashing itself in an eclectic mix of goth rock like on ‘Amendatory’ to the djent of ‘Wolf And Dog’ and even a look back to the symphonic metal of ‘Distorted Lullabies’. Floor has done a fine job in recruiting her new band, who do commendable task of staying on her musical merry go round – along with guest musicians ranging from Devin Townsend to Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) and Daniël de Jongh (Textures). “Wild Card” certainly lives up to it’s name in every aspect – not in the least heralding the amazing comeback of Holland’s leading femme vocalist extraordinaire!

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