Saturday, November 21, 2020

Niobeth - "Silvery Moonbeams" [2011]

Artist: Niobeth
Title: Silvery Moonbeams
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Country: Spain
Year: 2011

Track List:

  1. The Banished Princess
  2. Eclipse
  3. Withered Lullabies
  4. Sons of the Earth
  5. Campeón
  6. Stolen Innocence
  7. My Dead Angel
  8. I Know That I Know Nothing
  9. I Need You to Need Me
  10. Sadako's Wings of Hope
  11. Polovtsian Dances
  12. Solitude

Let's continue with overlooked symphonic metal bands of  late 2000s and early 2010s. Niobeth were a band from Spain (Albacete), formed in 2005 by the guitarist Jesús Díez García and vocalist Itea Benedicto Colás (now working as a professional actress), and disbanded in late 2011 after releasing two full-length albums.

The cover art of "Silvery Moonbeams" certainly resembles that of "Century Child" (and, to a less extent, "Oceanborn") by Nightwish, but I won't call Niobeth just another Nightwish clone, even if it's fairly typical symphonic metal with female vocals, strongly influenced by classical music. Unfortunately the quality of production is far from great (but still better than on their debut album, "The Shining Harmony of Universe"), especially when it comes to vocals. It seems to be the general problem with Niobeth that extends to their music videos too. In particular, this song is one of their best, but the clip is an example of how you shouldn't make music videos (seriously, the only good thing in this video is Itea wearing a corset with knee-high boots):

Here's another video, this time for a song off their debut album, which isn't music better:

However, if you can get past the rather weak production and the really bad music videos, the material on "Silvery Moonbeams" is pretty good. It's a shame that they had a lot of potential, but couldn't realize it to the fullest...

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