Amanda Somerville, who doesn’t know her? Even if you don’t like her voice, surely you know who she is. She has done collaborations with Avantasia, Epica, Kamelot, After Forever and of course her works together with Michael Kiske, the Helloween vocalist under the Kiske/Somerville banner. And countless other bands for whom she provided guest vocals.
You have to admit, this lady knows how to sing and she has a vocal range from tenor to soprano to rock/pop. Trillium is rooted in the metal scene and quite firmly I can safely say. Tectonic is Trillium’s second full-length album, the first one, Alloy, dates already back from 2011 so it was about time Amanda returned to the scene with a new album. Don’t think she hasn’t been doing anything in between those albums, this lady has more activities with singing in one week than I take showers and trust me, I’m hygienic.
But we’re here for Tectonic, the latest album from Amanda. I’m not known for in-depth reviews so I don’t bother telling you that Tectonic reaches far beyond the usual symphonic metal, the music is technical without the tendency to become too technical and due to Amanda’s voice every song has something familiar to it. Tectonic is not the one-woman show from Amanda, the musicians get all the space they need to give a song just that little extra.
Luckily the musicians don’t take that space to over-complicate the songs, sometimes the melodies are quite basic but just what the song needed. Don’t overthink things too much and let the music flow. Of course, there are some bombastic pieces here and there but there are also the sensitive parts, my favorite is the album closer Eternal Spring, a sensitive ballad.
Tectonic is a warm bath for symphonic metal lovers who like things a little more technical and with well-thought structures and Amanda, well, you simply can’t go wrong with her.