Nota Amara are a band from Russia that plays a progressive and symphonic form of metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "At The Line".
Symphonic keyboards start off the album along with some melodic guitar leads and a few seconds later operatic female vocals are added into the music along with some classical guitars and spoken word samples which then leads to a heavier direction as well as the bands progressive metal sound kicking in.
All of the musical instruments on the album have a very powerful sound to them and the music also adds in a good amount of 70's progressive rock elements into their musical style and the band also brings in a few long and epic in length tracks and the prog metal elements in the music combine both the modern and old school forms of the genre together as well as adding psychedelic sounds into the keyboards at times which brign a mid 60's to early 70's rock feeling to the album.
A good portion of the songs have an opera rock and gothic metal feeling to them at times while the music is a lot more closer to progressive rock/metal than those genres and some of the alter tracks have a more dark and poetic feeling to them as well as the music being very diverse, symphonic and heavy all at the same time and you can also hear traces of thrash and speed metal in one of the genre along with some aggressive drums that go close to the blast blast area before returning back to a prog metal direction and some of the later tracks include male vocals.
Nota Arma show a lot of diversity and originality with their music basing their music in progressive metal but adding in symphonic, gothic, opera and classical elements to create a sound of their own, the production is very professional sounding and the lyrics cover dark and poetic themes with some lyrics being based on Goethe's Faust.
In my opinion Nota Amara are a very great sounding symphonic progressive metal b and and if you , are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dorian" "Beatrice" "Faust" and "The Dark Tower". 8 out of 10.
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