VANDROYA — One (review)

VANDROYA — One album cover Album · 2013 · Power Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
J-Man
Hailing from Brazil, Vandroya is a progressive-edged power metal act that has received a fair amount of praise for their 2013 debut entitled One. A well-composed and professional effort indeed, One features the tremendous vocals of Daisa Munhoz (a name I recognize from her contributions to Soulspell releases) alongside strong musicianship and arrangements. Vandroya's sound doesn't come across as revolutionary to these ears, but their fine mix between various power and prog metal styles makes for an enjoyable listen from start to finish.

Most of the music on One bears a strong resemblance to European power metal, with its massive choruses and speedy riffs not sounding too dissimilar from Helloween or Stratovarious. Vandroya also incorporates touches of progressive metal into their sound, usually by way of proggy keyboard arrangements and riff structures unconventional by power metal standards. This side of the band can be heard on tracks like “No Oblivion For Eternity”, “Anthem (For the Sun)”, and “Solar Night”, but there are also plenty of more straightforward power metal tunes like “The Last Free Land” and “Change the Tide” to keep things varied. There's even a power ballad in the form of “Why Should We Say Goodbye?”, which is admittedly a somewhat cheesy track, but still manages to sound effective within the album's context.

I don't see most of the songwriting here as anything terribly remarkable, but the vocals Daisa Munhoz really bring this album up above the 'average' mark - I sense a rising star in the power metal world judging by her dynamic performance here! Though most other aspects of One are more promising than masterful, the end result is still a very solid debut from this Brazilian power metal outfit. Vandroya is an act to keep an eye on!
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