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Review: Ignea – The Realms of Fire and Death

by Lukrecija Mesek

Ignea – The Realms of Fire and Death

1. Queen Dies
2. Чорне полум’я
3. Out of My Head
4. Í tokuni (Eivør cover)
5. What For
6. Gods of Fire
7. Among the Stars 
8. Jinnslammer
9. Disenchantment
10. Black Flame

Label: Independent 
Date: April 17, 2020

Today we’re listening Ignea, Symphonic/Progressive Metal with Middle Eastern Folk influences, reaching us from Kyiv, Ukraine. Three years after their first full-length album “The Sign of Faith” (not counting the instrumental version of the same album released in 2018), they are finally back with new material.

Lately I had a lot of “coincidences” when we talk about what is going on in the world and the names of albums/bands that are coming out. I want to believe that this isn’t planned and it’s just coincidence that couldn’t be predicted and it landed perfectly. Why am I saying that? Well, we all remember “Termination Shock” album from Traveler which title perfectly describes the situation we’re in, and now Ignea gets another perfect timing with their album “The Realms of Fire and Death” and guess what – Exclusion Zone is on fire.

For those who doesn’t know what I’m talking about quick history lesson. Way back in 1986. Chernobyl Nuclear Plant (Ukraine, near city of Pripyat) had massive explosion in which reactor 4 was totally destroyed, so in order to save the population of the world they built the sarcophagus to prevent spread of radiation, but also declared Exclusion Zone which is still contaminated.

So, 34 years after the disaster, the Exclusion Zone is burning and Ignea greets us with the album “The Realms of Fire and Death”.
Now, let’s see what we got here.

The album starts with “Queen Dies”, and very beginning of the song gives you occult feel. At first I got really dark-ish feel for this song and expected it to go in whole another direction right from the start, but it surprises you. It’s not heavy and dark as I guessed at the beginning. Still, not bad. But I’m disappointed with transition into second song “Чорне полум’я” or translated in English”“Black Flame”. Yet, here it’s not only the transition problem. I strongly believe that if you’re putting out album in English any song that is not in English should be put in bonus track instead being mixed into the rest of the songs. Same “problem” I have with cover of song “Í tokuni” originally performed by Eivør which is written in Faroese. Don’t get me wrong, both songs are good, but I don’t think they should be mixed with “regular” songs. Since they are “special” kind on this album, they should be treated as such and album should be organized better. Considering that “Black Flame” is on album in English but added as bonus track. When I’m listening through album I get the feel like songs were just slapped into their place and that no one considered to make some order.

Let’s put aside all of the order and disorder of the songs. Music by it self, lyrics and vocals are really nicely done. They are bringing us that middle eastern folk sounds with that dark symphonic melodies. There is a lot of effort put into writing of lyrics and vocals are adjusted to one another. I am sucker for beauty and beast combination of voices, regardless who is performing them. If done right it can be killer combo. Ignea gives us really nice combination, and beauty voice has it’s opposite beast voice.

Even though they are active more than 7 years, I will still consider them as “young” band as they released only two full length albums. Ignea still has time to grow and got even better with time. Guys just keep on going. 

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