MaterDea are a band that plays a mixture of symphonic pagan/folk metal and elvish rock and this is a review of their 2014 album "A Rose For Egeria" which was released by Midsummer's Eve.
A very medieval and epic sound starts off the album along with some symphonic elements which also leads up to more of a heavy symphonic metal direction and when vocals are added into the music they are operatic gothic female vocals which also bring in a touch of power metal and after awhile the music also starts adding in elements of progressive rock.
You can hear a great amount of melody being utilized throughout all of the tracks along with some elements of traditional heavy metal and when solos are added into the music they bring in more of a 80's hard rock/heavy metal sound into the bands musical style while the album still has more of a modern day sound that just happens to be influenced by the past.
On some of the tracks acoustic guitars, flutes and violins that also bring in elements of folk and classical music can be heard at times along with a couple of power ballads and the songs also bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses male vocals and spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording.
MaterDea takes the traditional and power metal genres and mix them with symphonic, folk, prog, gothic and hard rock to create a sound of their own, the production sound s very professional while the lyrics cover Paganism and Fantasy themes.
In my opinion MaterDea are a very great sounding mixture of symphonic, pagan, folk metal and elvish rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Whispers Of the Great Mother" "Merlin And The Unicorn" "Land Of Wonder" and "Haernelneth's Journey". 8 out of 10.