[Review] Goditha – The Rock Opera

Goditha is, as the title clearly states, a Metal/Rock opera, a work that skillfully mixes the power and energy of Metal, with symphonic arrangements with the use of clarinets, strings and flutes. In addition there is that medieval touch given above all by the narration of history, which brings us back to that historical era. It contain 18 tracks and is available in CD and Digital, released on released September 21, 2020 via Symmetric Records. The musical is a medieval fairy-tale set in a little village where the story takes place. Goditha, is a young girl, betrayed and blinded by hatred surrenders herself to Daeva, the Princess of Darkness in order to get revenge. Τhus, she knits a web on which the other 15 characters constantly balance between good and evil. The work was composed and directed by songwriter-composer Elina Englezou and top composer-arranger-producer Bob Katsionis, giving free rein to their inventiveness, giving birth to a high-level work. The artists participating in the project are all technically very prepared, catapulting us from the first moments and guiding us throughout the album through this exciting story with refinement. All the interpretations are very emotional and exciting, full of pathos and energy, as well as dreamy melodies and excellently composed and executed arrangements. The compositional talent of the duo Englezou-Katsionis is expressed at the highest levels, as well as the artists involved interpret the parts assigned to them at their best. The union between Metal and classical music is successful, creating a fine mix of energy and symphony with original ideas, managing to maintain excellent quality for the entire duration of the work. The quality of the narration is on par with the music, involving the listener in the story, well told and equally well interpreted by the characters with quality vowels. A listening recommended for all lovers of Symphonic Metal, even if for the variety and quality of the sounds it can certainly be appreciated by a wider audience. A breath of freshness in the Metal scene, and another excellent record release made in Greece, a country that in recent years has been continuously offering relevant and quality productions. To be listened to several times and with each listening it always reveals some interesting detail, a work that is full of quality ideas.

Tracklist

01. Introduction (1:58)
02. There He Is (5:44)
03. Save Me (2:47)
04. Feel My Power (5:15)
05. The Lucky Ones (3:04)
06. Inside Him It Will Burn (5:06)
07. Falling Stars (4:41)
08. In Hell (5:31)
09. Fearless (7:05)
10. God Is Your Father (4:46)
11. Secrets (4:56)
12. Think Again (5:45)
13. Hang Her! (7:23)
14. Follow Me (6:41)
15. No Escape (4:10)
16. Light & Darkness (5:41)
17. Forgive Me (6:23)
18. When a Full Moon Rises (4:56)

Lineup

Bob Katsionis / Acoustic & Electic guitars, bass, keyboards
Elina Englezou / Classical & 12-string guitars, balalaika, ocarina
Aggelos Pavlos Goufas (In Vein) / Violins
Marios Christopoulos / Flutes / Saxophone
Vassilis Koilakos / Oud

Starring

Maxi Nil (Jaded Star )
Henning Basse (Firewind / MaYan / Sons of Seasons)
Angel Wolf-Black (Vivaldi Metal Project)
Yiannis Papanikolaou (Diviner / Rock & Roll Children)
Iliana Tsakiraki (Enemy of Reality)
Dionissis Christodoulatos ( Sorrowful Angels)
Margarita Papadimitriou ( SL Theory / Voice Box )
Anna Tarba
Constantine Alex
Marios Karanastasis
(The Silent Wedding)
George Eikosipentakis (Inner Wish)
Christos Kounelis (Disharmony / Art Of Simplicity / Bigus Dickus)
Mora Hecate (Dimlight),
Anastasia Papadopoulou (Upon Revival)
Margarita Stamouli

NARRATOR

Stratis Steele (Endomain)

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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