This review comes a couple of months late because this album was released last November. But as masterpieces are timeless, it’s never too late to appreciate and comment on such masterworks.
Surma is an international symphonic metal band of Viktorie Surmøvá and Heri Joensen, assisted by the dutch Rens Bourgondiën and the russian Alexandr Zhukov. Last November they delivered their first album to the metal world, and what an album it is.
The entire “The Light Within” album is very diverse and dynamic. In several parts, in addition to the orchestral arrangements, we find progressive elements, as in “Fire and Wind” and “The City of Winds”. The latter is a real roller coaster in terms of structure, alternating consecutively between faster or slower moments. Heri sings with clean vocals and the crossing with the female vocals is surprising. After that, two more key tracks follow: “The Selkie” and the catchy “Until It Rains Again”, another song that easily drives us to sing along its tunes.
Until the end we have ballads, strong and fast songs including two more highlights: “Cages of Rage” in a more operatic-theatrical register accompanied by a remarkable children’s choir; and “Lost to Time”, which like “Reveal the Light Within” track, begin with Viktorie and Heri singing together some verses a cappella before entering drums and guitars.