Konstantin and Daria Naumenko are well-known persons in Ukrainian metal: they both play in Power Metal band Sunrise. Daria also has her own project called Novi; Konstantin also worked in Polish band Titanium and successful Ukrainian cover band Blood Brothers. And now they the time has come for the first album of their solo project Delfinia, named Deep Elevation.
Delfinia is also a Power Metal studio project with many keyboards played by Daria. So the first question is “What, Sunrise is not enough?” Well, solo albums exist for the purpose to ideas that not always fit for the main band to be implemented. That’s exactly the case of Deep Elevation.
Power Metal is the main part of Delfinia‘s music, of course, but at the same time, as I mentioned above, there are a lot of keyboards and electronic samples that take music to some Modern Metal dimension. But the main outstanding thing in an album is its melodism. There are lots of melody and catchy moments thanks to Konstantin’s composer talent.
And of course a bog number of guest musicians need to be mentioned too: Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Ross VC Thompson (Van Canto), Jocke ‘Aerendir’ Johansson (Twilight Force), Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth), Krzystof Gunsen Elzanowski (Pathfinder) and Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere). It can be hardly called unique for Ukrainian metal, but the number of guests and their work is impressive, especially Roland Grapow and Jocke ‘Aerendir’ Johansson’s solos.
To sum up, Deep Elevation is a good, solid Power Metal album at the level of European bands, musically and qualitatively (that is also very important, especially with extremely low budget). This album has no something revolutionary breakthrough, but it’s a good Power Metal with some touches or Modern Metal in its best.
Deep Elevation will be released on January, 16.