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Borealis are a Canadian melodic progressive power metal band from Orangeville, Ontario. The band formed in 2005 and named themselves after the Aurora Borealis after the all sat outside one night watching the lights in the sky.

Initially, Siobhan O'Brian was the lead vocalist and she recorded the demo, "Eyes of a Dream" with the band. At this time, they were more a symphonic metal band. They opened for Epica and Kamelot in 2006 and received a very positive response from the audience. However, O'Brian left the band and Matt Marinelli became the new vocalist on the night that Borealis opened for Sonata Artica in September of 2007.

They released their debut album "World of Silence" in 2008 and hired Ken Fobert as a second guitarist for the live performances. Fobert became an official member of the band in 2011 when they recorded their second album, "Fall from Grace".

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BOREALIS World of Silence album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
World of Silence
Power Metal 2008
BOREALIS Fall From Grace album cover 3.45 | 7 ratings
Fall From Grace
Power Metal 2011
BOREALIS Purgatory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Power Metal 2015
BOREALIS World of Silence MMXVII album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
World of Silence MMXVII
Power Metal 2017
BOREALIS The Offering album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Offering
Power Metal 2018

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BOREALIS Eyes of a Dream album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Eyes of a Dream
Power Metal 2006

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BOREALIS Fall From Grace

Album · 2011 · Power Metal
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The sticker on the shrink wrap said "for fans of Kamelot, Evergrey..." and one more band. My impression is that this sounds like classic Symphony X meets Evergrey. According to a couple of reviews I read, this album is the midpoint of Borealis's transition from a power metal band to a progressive metal one.

Vocalist Matt Marinelli really does sound an awful lot like Tom S. Englund of Evergrey. The guitar sound is full, the bass adds appropriate weight, synthesizer is used as a support rhythm instrument or to give a symphonic feeling. The songs don't strike me as being too overly from the power metal fold and more - really more! - like Evergrey, though I have only one Evergrey album.

The music here is really solid, melodic heavy metal. There are some speedy or heavy riffs but contrasted with the symphonic sounds of the synthesizer and the strong vocal melodies. The progressive aspect is more in the song structures or playing skill rather than being an overt display of time-signature juggling or technical hocus pocus. I do agree that this is, from a musical and song-writing perspective, a very good album. Like, done by professionals who really know what they want to achieve. The main problem I have is how similar it sounds too Evergrey. I can't help but feel that I'm listening to an Everygrey recording!

Special mention should go to the acoustic track, "Watch the World Collapse", which is a lovely track and a nice diversion from all the heavy numbers. Then there's the bonus track, "The Journey" which is such a perfect wedding song and seriously must have been written as one!

This and the follow-up album, "Purgatory" are Borealis's two highest rated albums, scoring in the nineties on Encyclopedia Metallum. I think it's a solid product but the more I listen, the more I hear Tom S. Englund, and that might be putting me off the album more and more because the singer should be developing his own voice. That and I like Evergrey but don't love the band.

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