98 / 100
➤ "... a stunning album ... a must for any fan of (female fronted) Symphonic Metal ... fantastically beautifully composed and arranged ... goosebumps … beauty and purity … phenomenal voice ... incomparable ... if you think Tarja Turunen is the best female singer, then Kate Nord comes right after!"
95 / 100
➤ "… very melodic, harmonic structures … a good album full of first-line classic elements … KATE NORD's beautiful voice is unique with a clean, white and soft register! Excellent soprano!"
9 / 10
➤ "With a good sound … style influenced by Nightwish, Xandria, Amberian Dawn, including her soprano skills … intense songs … very emotional and melancholic … brilliant vocal performance … very outstanding … an exquisite album … recommended from start to finish …"
(Locos Por El Power Metal)
9 / 10
➤ "… an exhibition of classical vocals … outstanding … has a unique ability to transport emotions … very well produced … KATE NORD sets a very high bar in terms of individual performance … very promising … Symphonic Metal fans can be very excited about 'Compass To Your Heart’s Desire' …"
80 / 100
➤ "… reminds me of a good Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation … so good for those who prefer something more melodic, clear and beautiful rather than something heavy and aggressive … Timo Tolkki is a guest musician … I can recommend it to those who like opera and classical music, and it is also suitable for those who listen to pop music, as a few songs are quite catchy ..."
7,5 / 10
➤ "… will not fail to appeal to fans of formations such as Epica and Nightwish, but also to those who are not generally accustomed to sounds of this kind, resulting in an effective product that is worth giving a chance."
(Heavy Metal Webzine)
7,5 / 10
➤ "... turned out quite pompous ... immediately the intro shows their skills in all facets ... the voice is clearly focused ... very harmoniously kept ... everything sounds like from one cast ... who likes Nightwish, Within Temptation, Epica or the soundtrack to 'The Lord Of The Rings' (keyword: Enya), should definitely listen in here!"
7 / 10
➤ "... brings back memories of glorious Nightwish times with Tarja as the front woman ... musical treat ..."
7 / 10
➤ "... varied vocals that give you goosebumps especially in the middle registers ... fantastic melodies ... KATE NORD's songwriting talent is beyond question on this album ... from brisk to gloomy, bombastic to dreamy and classical to Metal, the artist glides through the stylistic elements with her songs and skillfully combines them into a coherent, entertaining album ... fans of female fronted Metal and Symphonic Metal may heartily enjoy!"
➤ "... practices her soprano voice with bravura ... opera-inspired ... stunning classical content ... imagine Nightwish mixed with Rhapsody Of Fire with female vocals taking classical singing to the extreme ... this is it."
➤ "This album is awesome, Symphonic Metal with touches of Progressive and Power Metal, masterfully executed, with great arrangements and beautiful vocals … excellent work …"
➤ "Tremendous listening experience ... even if I don't like to draw comparisons, in the case of KATE NORD some with Tarja are obvious, after all they both have the same home ... so if you like to be enveloped by symphonic sounds and enchanted by a beautiful voice, this is the right address!"
➤ "… a promising debut and an artist to keep an eye on if female-fronted Symphonic Metal is your thing."
(Sea Of Tranquility)
➤ "... this is tightly packed ... good production ... soul piercing through every line and riff ... KATE NORD's singing voice is clear in every word, in every syllable, and she is the clearest of all ... her high voice is no different from a graceful fairy goddess ... great ... her throat is the best ... as for the symphonic part, it is both elegant and beautiful, changing depending on the song ... everything can make happy ... truly heavenly ..."
|Base:||Casperia • Italy|
|Genre:||Symphonic Fantasy Metal|
|Title:||Compass To Your Heart’s Desire|
|FFO:||Nightwish, Epica, Enya|
|Release:||Dec. 16, 2022|
Kate says about the song:
"This is a dark and epic story about facing difficult times and the struggle to keep going nonetheless. 'Embracing the cold' is not about giving up or bending to your circumstances, but is rather a metaphor for radical acceptance of your situation and trying to make the most out of what you have. Embrace the cold, to find your way back to the sunlight!"
With her versatile, impressively clear as well as amazingly soprano strong exceptional voice, this fabulous golden throat can easily compete with the best and most famous of the entire guild.
"Compass To Your Heart's Desire" is embedded in wonderfully powerful Heavy/Power Metal sounds with slamming drums and furious distortion guitars, often bursting with fully melodic, catchy outbursts.
Kate already appeared as a lyricist of the Italian Progressive Power Metal ensemble Noveria since the band's formation in 2013. She was also featured as a guest vocalist on Noveria's album "Forsaken", released 2016 via Scarlet Records.
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