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- A Vílág Színpadán - Claudia Ehrhardt - 6 stars

A Vílág Színpadán

A Vílág Színpadán
(self-released - 2008)

The Hungarian band Otila was founded back in 2005 and since 2006 they release a demo every year. A Vílág Színpadán is their 3rd demo and offers a very short intro and 3 songs. The opening song is Elérhetetlen and shows the four Hungarians heavy with a gothic touch and angelic vocals of Mitru Timea. Unfortunately the vocals partly drown in guitars and keyboard, but that can be changed in the mix in future. Even if the song is based on fast riffs, they vary a bit and a short solo part is also added. Towards the end they slow down a bit and here the vocals are more up-front. With Szakitva they present another heavy, riff-based tune, but a little slower and with mid-tempo passages. The vocals are a bit thin and sometimes it seems that Mitru has problems to keep the speed... The guitar lead is influenced by neo-classical metal. The keyboard of Lōrincz Dávid is present, but more in the background. The last track is called Életrōl... and is also based on fast riffs. During a more symphonic passage which is less fast Mitru gets more space. I think it would be a good idea to use more mid-paced parts to give her more space - and even at the faster parts her vocals are more up-front. Beside that it's a bit boring, coz all songs seems to follow the same song structuring concept. They repeat themselves in the way they play their songs, there is nothing which can surprise you. Don't get me wrong, the songs aren't bad, but a bit monotonous... Show us more variety next time - and give the vocals more space - and it should be a step forward for Otila.

6 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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