Pyaneta is the fifth full-length from Materdea, the Italian band that’s active in the symphonic folk metal field. The band’s active since 2008 so basically every two years an album has been produced by the seven members. Materdea has, of course, the basic instruments like bass, drums, and guitars but adds two violin players and a cello player to the line-up. On their website is an eight member listed but I guess that somebody who helps out the band with lots of things.
With eleven songs and a total playing time for over an hour, Pyaneta has for everybody something to like. Whether that be fast driven songs like album opener Back to Earth or the ballad The Legend of the Pale Mountains. With the relatively short Bourrè del diavolo, the song last for about 3 minutes while the others are all over 5 minutes, the band mixes up pirate metal with Celtic music, it shows that Materdea is not the usual symphonic metal band. Symphonic may be their main ingredient but the band takes the right amount of folk to spice things up.
Every song on Pyaneta holds something that surprised me, it could be the intro when the songs start or some melodies that are unexpected. It makes Pyaneta an interesting listen.