Gothic Metal from Venezuela is on today’s menu and since ALTERED SAINTS had been very much to my liking, I was hoping that my second review of a Venezuelan band would be as convincing. Alas, it is not.
In the course of their four years of existence, the Valencia-based septet has managed to release four demos, the latest of which, “Angel Nocturno”, is what I am taking care of right now and musically I can’t really complain about too much (maybe with the exception of some lack of originality), more to that in a moment…
Let’s take the title track as prime example. Slow- to mid-paced Gothic Metal with keyboards and Death vocals, nothing outstanding, but at least good average. Until, yes, until they decide to add the female counterpart of Daniela Cáceres, because her voice is high, thin and lacking expressiveness, totally dragging down an otherwise pretty good song. “Manifiesto Nocturno” suffers from the same problem, which is made even more painful, as the band tries to break out of the genre standards to add some sort of an own note to it. On closing “Medusa” her vocals have a little more power, but are still far away from being an asset…
So what do we have in the end? A hopeful and talented band that tries to stray from the beaten path that is bogged down by a female singer that just can’t keep up in terms of power, expression and range, so I am not sure, if more work on the voice will do the trick, but once they manage to solve this problem (one way or the other), ALCHERA might be on a very good way to get more recognition.
(Online October 19, 2007)