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ReVamp: ReVamp
ReVamp Floor Jansen new music review

ReVamp: ReVamp

Symphonic/Power Metal
3.5/5.0

With the demise of the profilic Dutch Band, lead vocalist Floor Jansen returns with her new project ReVamp, signed to Nuclear Blast. Ms. Jansen went looking for new composers for her project, recruiting Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc, Enemy Of The Sun, ao) and After Forever colleague Joost van den Broek. A single spin proves that some of the After Forever elements remain: Jansen's sweeping versatile vocals, a symphonic sound, and huge production. After this, ReVamp takes a sometimes heavier and more modern feel, giving Jansen an ever so slight departure from her past.

Honestly, while everything here, from composition to performance, is genuinely pleasing and entertaining, I'm not sure how appealing I find this disc. Simply stated, there isn't a single song that hooked me enough to say, Wow, this is extraordinary stuff. Jansen's performance is a good as ever, and probably the real highlight of ReVamp. But I kept waiting for some song to grab me, and it never came. The closest possibility may be the duet with Sympnony X vocalist Russell Allen on Sweet Curse.

Two additional guest vocalists join Floor with mixed results. Bjorn Strid (Soilwork) nail-gargling near-death vocals on In Sickness Till Death Do Us Part: Disdain are highly annoying, a nearly worthless contribution. George Oosthoek (ex-Orphanage) is better on Here's My Hell, more fitting, less annoying.

While it's great to have Floor Jansen back on the metal scence, ReVamp turns only on her excellent talent. Otherwise, I remain rather ambivalent about the whole of this collection, and hope for the promise of future work.




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In Short

While it's great to have Floor Jansen back on the metal scence, ReVamp turns only on her excellent talent. Otherwise, I remain rather ambivalent about the whole of this collection, and hope for the promise of future work.

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