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Fairyland - Of Wars In Osyrhia - 2003 - Arise Records Reviewed by IcedMojo

Track Listing
1. And So Came The Storm
2. Ride With The Sun
3. Doryan The Enlightened
4. Storyteller
5. Fight For Your King
6. On The Path To Fury
7. Rebirth
8. Fellowship
9. Dark Omen
10. Army Of The White Mountains
11. Of Wars In Osyrhia
12. Guardian Stones (Japanese Import Only)
11. Ex Nihilo
Just imagine if Dark Moor and Nightwish forged together, then add a world of fantasy (Blind Guardian comes to mind in that department) and then you would have Fairyland. Do I have your attention yet?

I have figured out what metal needs more of--female vocalists that have the talent and ability to play with the big boys. Gracing us with their presence and talent are Kimberly Goss (Sinergy/Dimmu Borgir), Doro Pesch (Warlock/Doro), Tarja Turunen (Nightwish), as well as others. However, the lady that has taken the world by storm is none other than the Spanish talent of Elisa C. Martin (formerly of Dark Moor), vocalist of this melodic wonder.

The French group, founded by Willdric Lievin (Drums), has gone through a few name changes (Fantasy and Fantasia) but one solid line up featuring Elisa C.Martin: Vocals, Philippe Giordana: Keyboards, choirs, Willdric Lievin: Drums, rhythm guitars, bass, choirs, Anthony Parker: Guitars

Starting out with a Lord of the Rings type fantasy feel in the chants mixed with the Christmas classic “We Three Kings”. Fairyland keeps it coming strong with tracks like “Doryan The Enlightened”, “Dark Omen”, and the very symphonic “Rebirth”, that just explode with a full sound.

I would rate this as one of my new favorites. You must own this! Elisa’s voice is incredible, and the musicianship is outstanding. Expect great things to follow. If you like Dark Moor, Sonata Arctica, Nightwish, Rhapsody, or other symphonic power metal bands, listen to Fairyland. This is an impressive release. Check out Dark Moor-The Hall of Olden Dreams, Dark Moor-Gates of Oblivion, and Dreamaker-Human Device for more great sounds of Elisa Martin.

Extra: the group’s demo was entitled "Realm of Wonders", and did not feature Elisa.


--IcedMojo 03.27.04

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2003
Anthony Burke3/27/2004


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