Arven – Music of Light (2011) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arven - Music of Light - Album CoverYou know, I came across this band kind of by accident. And – at first – I thought them to be without much merit. In the beginning only, I’d like to stress. Not for this cold metal heart. Right?

But how far from the truth!  Listening to some of the songs I got hooked, very quickly convinced otherwise. Arventhe most amazing German almost girl band: A bunch of girls, plus Till, the lucky drummer.

Music of Light features a beautiful variation of rock, kind of Gothic rock metal, and then again symphonic with metal injections (am I making sense?). And all of a sudden the tune takes off with some very good solo, very professionally played and cool to hear. So, I am torn to call this Folk Metal, Symphonic Metal or just Gothic Metal. There is metal in there everywhere, you know. This is an amazing delivery for a debut album like this one. A really talented bunch.

The lead singer Carina Hanselmann, with her beautiful voice and reach really takes my breath away. You can let her carry you somewhere on the tunes she so nicely sings throughout the record. Kind of for a quiet winter night, lying in the bathtub with candles around you.

On the downward side, Music of Light sometimes lacks drive and energy, predictable with no surprises. All of that is a little too quiet for my taste – I admit. The songs themselves, however, appear to be well written and even better executed. 

Starting with a somewhat subdued, but beautifully executed Music of Light, their tune gets rockier as we move forward. Until it hits the ballad My Dear Friend, which has become one of my favorites – way too close to home to be comfortable. Dark Red Desire strong and fast is followed by Midwinter Nights, a song of the mystical kind. The old tale of kings and dragons on a quest. What can I say, we heard that one before.

The last two songs are very different in style, Ruined Castle, fast paced with a metal touch, something that could – and I say could – possibly come from the area of Within Temptation. The album is rounded up with A Stranger’s Story, very good Gothic Metal (there you go) mostly, but soft and slow in some other areas.

Arven display their very own brand of folk rock or metal, not something we heard before. 
I really enjoyed listening to Music of Light. This band has a helluva lot of potential and I have hopes they will go very far. Looking forward to their next record. Ways to go, band.

[Editorial note: The review made it successfully onto the first ever Intermittent Best Of of the RockmusicRaider blog. Congrats!]

[Authors note: Arven officially disbanded in 2015. This band had great, great promise and I am saddened that things went the way they did. Let’s hope that they will reemerge one day in some way or form, unlikely as this may be.]


Record Rating: 7/10 | Label: Massacre Records | Web: –

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