Fading Azalea Maze of Melancholy Album review
Correction: When first published the review miss credited the vocals on a track. This has now been fixed.
Fading Azalea released their debut album Maze of Melancholy in 2017 by themselves. However, in 2020 they signed with WormHoleDeath and were album to release the album again worldwide digitally. Fading Azalea is like Panic at the Disco or Babymetal in the fact that the vocalist is the only official member of the band.
Maze of Melancholy opens with Reverie Funeste an instrumental intro of soothing, atmospheric keys, and a violin that is calming. The instrumentals continue with In the Name of Justice, however, the tone has shifted, no longer calming but filled with tension that is warranted as listeners are greeted with an aggressive grunt. The track then strikes a balance between frontwoman Olivia’s symphonic vocals and aggressive growls by Rafael Basso, ex-Unlit Face vocalist, this gives the symphonic metal band an edge. Olivia does provide the grunts on track 11, Burning to Ashes.
Fading Azalea keeps listeners guessing on Maze of Melancholy shifting their style ever so slightly from the pumped-up metal of Flames of Death to the ballad L’ombre Derriere l’ame. Listening to the 2017 version you can hear Olivia’s inexperience as sometimes the vocals feel strained. However, Olivia Bing has grown and those once strained vocals sound flawless.
Fading Azalea has something special with Maze of Melancholy and its great WormHoleDeath saw that and gave them a wider audience. This Swedish symphonic metal band has stunning vocals, breathtaking instrumentals, and a stunning keyboard section. If you haven’t checked them out, I suggest doing so, it is time well spent.