This was a very difficult album for me to review simply because this is not at all the type of music I normally listen to. And, for that matter, this is not music the average reader of Metal Curse would likely listen to, either. Arise from Thorns plays somewhat Folk-influenced Melodic Rock with dreamy melodies and Pop sensibilities. Imagine, if you will, a much lighter version of The Gathering minus the metallic edge. This band does have a lot going for it though. Keyboard-driven atmospheres combine with acoustic guitar melodies to create interesting, varied-tempo songs that have a certain catchiness to them. Singer Michelle Loose has a lovely and enchanting voice, and her vocals breathe vibrant life into the 14 tracks on Before an Audience of Stars. No complaints on the production. Everything sounds very well done. Michelle’s vocals complement the music perfectly, never overwhelming it. Proper restraint was used with the keyboards as well. They never become so loud in the mix as to drown out anything else in the music. All in all, Arise from Thorns is a talented band that knows how to write good music. Although I did find the music to be soothing, this is just not my cup of tea. However, those of you looking for something a little different might want to give this a try.
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