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"In Nightfall's Embrace" is an excellent work, influenced by the best in this style, investing in their own material, full of personality and pleasant to hear. Amazing surprise, check it out!" Score: 8/10
“From the packaging to the music, it’s all well done and it is obvious that Awaken Solace put a lot of hard work into this. The opener “Moonlight’s Wake” begins ominously as the kick-in and transforms this into a bouncy, up-tempo first song. The powerful second track, “Escaping the Beast” simply soars and is one of the best tracks. The power metal gallop of “Tomorrow’s Child” continues in the vein set by the previous two songs. Other highlights include: “Return to Avalon”, “Path Untaken” and “Temptress of the Desert Eye”. The second disc is an added bonus and a special treat. The songs on “In Nightfall’s Embrace” have plenty of symphonic possibilities on their own and lend themselves quite well to straight symphony versions. These versions have a magical quality to them and to hear them done with the vocals sounds very natural. If you love symphonic metal tinged with cinematic score type of music, than “In Nightfall’s Embrace” by Awaken Solace”
“What we have here is an impressive debut 'In Nightfall's Embrace' from a new Australian band, Awaken Solace. The CD's style is symphonic power metal and it's female fronted, so if you've been reading my reviews for years, you immediately know that this is right down my alley. Comparisons therefore jumped out to me right away, and they would be Frozen Cross, Wildpath, Operatika, Amberian Dawn, Eternal Dream, Xandria's 'Neverworld's end', and of course early Nightwish. The band is fronted by Maree Nipperess, who doesn't have the range or power of Tarja (for a quick example), but she has a sweet voice and does a fine job. Thankfully, being a major power metal fan, there is plenty of speed - reminding me a lot of another new band Eternal Dream (previously mentioned) and their debut 'The fall of Salanthine'. There are some wonderful slow songs too, and some mid-paced songs as well. As a whole, the CD is successful at providing a nice balance”
“Is this the new Nightwish? It would seem that way when Australia's Awaken Solace get down to business on delivering a powerful and almighty explosion of Symphonic Power Metal in it's most emphatic form imaginable, armed with a torrent of sensational songs that speak sincere beauty and majestic elemental ability, the band's debut album ‘In Nightfall’s Embrace’ released last year should get the major metal labels jaws dropping, this is by far the best Symphonic Metal band in modern times from this part of the world and ‘In Nightfall’s Embrace’ has enough evidence to quash any questions against this claim. 2013 is sure to prove an interesting year for the highly-promising quintet and as they power forward, Europe can you hear it? Australia is calling.”
“Awaken Solace has truly put Australia on the Symphonic, Operatic Goth map. They take a back seat to no one. This is groundbreaking material; this takes us to a new level. I've had the material for several weeks now, I'm still getting orientated to it, expect the same experience. This is not causal listening, this is intense material, solidly developed, expertly presented. I can't think of a better way to spend 140 minutes... it's a solid 10/10.”
"With 'In Nightfall's Embrace' Awaken Solace releases a cracker of a debut. Everything fits, the mix, the vocals, the arrangements and the use of choirs. The entire album occasionally reminds you of bands such as Nightwish, Epica, Seraphim and the older works of Tristania... Despite the comparisons the band has its own unique sound. The first CD is amazingly good but the second CD with instrumental versions is a nice extra. When the band gets a label they are going to be big because the potential is amazing! Fans of symphonic metal and female-fronted metal must buy this double CD because you won't regret it. This is a definite winner.
“In anticipation of their first ever Australian tour, Apocalyptica have revealed which local acts will accompany them on their string of East Coast shows this August/September. Brisbane’s Awaken Solace will lend their blend of orchestral power metal, medieval baroque and fantasy soundtracks to the August 30th show, while Sydney’s progressive doom five-piece Rise Of Avernus will accompany them on August 31. Finally, Melbourne’s Be’lakor will return from their European tour just in time to join Apocalytpica at Melbourne’s Hi-Fi Bar on September 1.”
"From out of nowhere this unknown band from the most unlikely of places have released an album that will have symphonic metal fans in a state of fevered excitement. All I can say is kidnap them, stick them on a plane, launch them on the unsuspecting symphonic power houses of Europe, and then let them take the world by storm. The time of awakening has arrived so prepare for the symphonic thunder from down under"