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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review: Phantasma - The Deviant Hearts

Allow yourself to be transported to another world by Phantasma - a project sprung from the collective energy of Georg Neuhauser (Serenity), Oliver Philipps (Everon) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). Phantasma was born from the longstanding ambition to create a story driven concept record of Georg Neuhauser ,vocalist at Serenity. He found his partner Oliver Philipps (Everon) who worked with Delain since their debuting record, So with this Charlotte Wessels’ (Delain) was asked to contribute to complete the dynamic trio of Phantasma.

With Phantasma she can let her beautiful and variable voice run free like the wind , sometimes very powerful and sometimes very fragile and emotional, just as the various guest performances on this great album every song gives you a complete different feeling. As from the first minute to the last notes of the great song 'Let It Die' you will get sucked into a great musical masterpiece. It starts with the piano ballad "Incomplete", a very beautiful song but there is a possibility that the listener is set on those sounds and doesn’t bother listening to the other great songs. Those who have the patience to continue, will certainly not be disappointed because songs like title track 'The Deviant Hearts ', 'Runaway Grey', 'The Lotus And The Willow', 'Carry Me Home' and (especially) closing track 'Let It Die' are great songs full of variety in musical backup and wonderful vocals. Not only the main vocalists managed to convince, but also the various guest singers such as:
Tom Englund (Evergrey) on 'The Deviant Hearts',
Dennis Schunke (Van Canto) on "Carry Me Home"
and Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) the fine ballad 'Try'
make a very good contribution. These provide beautiful vocals combined with the excellent instrumental parts for a very enjoyable album that will certainly be appreciated by the fans of symphonic metal and I think a lot of other genres as well. Hopefully it will not remain a single album because Phantasma is bound to produce some masterpieces.

1. Incomplete
2. The Deviant Hearts
3. Runaway Gray
4. Try
5. Enter Dreamscape
6. Miserable Me
7. The Lotus and the Willow
8. Crimson Course
9. Carry Me Home
10. The Sound of Fear
11. Novaturient
12. Let it Die

Written by Cecile Ann


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