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Naamah - Ultima (6/10) - Poland - 2003

Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Metal Mind Records
Playing time: 44:25
Band homepage: Naamah

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Stranger
  3. Last Night
  4. Dream
  5. Eternal Fear
  6. She Is My Sin
  7. Noli Me Tangere
  8. Outro
  9. Jeszcze Jedno (Bonus Track)
  10. Sen (Bonus Track)
  11. Zireael (Bonus Track)
Naamah - Ultima
The wealth of Gothic Rock and Metal from Poland is truly impressive, also covering all the different shadings of this genre… NAAMAH are the next band to emerge from this country and even though they technically are right up my alley with this, they are not able to reach genre highlights like DELIGHT.

The cover is pretty artsy and interesting, because it leaves out all of the usual clichés that we normally are confronted with by bands of this style, while musically they try the same, just with, if I may say so, not as much success… They try to mingle their Gothic Metal with Gothic Rock and some genre foreign influences, but unfortunately the songs mostly are lacking the gripping atmosphere that at least I need in this genre, some of the compositions are just passing by without featuring anything to sink your teeth in, so to say, unless you like pretty progressive passages (especially in the keyboard solos) that is.

What also is a down point is that singer Anna Panasz does not have the power and outstanding quality of a Floor Janssen or Paula Máslanska, which very much is evident in something that I was rather surprised not to have heard before: a NIGHTWISH cover version. "She Is My Sin" is the choice of NAAMAH and here it becomes very obvious that Anna's voice is in no way in the same league as Tarja and she is at least a bit overtaxed with the challenge. The version itself also comes over a good bit more tame, especially in the guitars NAAMAH have taken out quite a bit of power, which does not suit the song too well in my ears…

"Noli Me Tangere" is most probably their best song, with more dynamics and a better flow altogether, the different parts fit together better and even the progressive keyboard solo is not as out of place as one might fear. The rest of the songs, as said before, are rather unimposing and pass by more or less unnoticed due to the lack of highlights of any kind, apart from the excellent "Sen" towards the end, which is one of the three bonus tracks, a really good song! More of that please!!!

That NAAMAH take care to vary their compositions is something I definitely have to credit them for, but if the overall result turns out to be so innocuous, then the wealth of bands pursuing a similar route becomes overwhelming… (Online May 11, 2003)

Alexander Melzer



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