Five years have passed since Angel Nation released Aeon and the band led by vocalist Elina Siirala (Leaves Eyes) is back with their third album Antares, which is sure to please fans of melodic power metal.
A magnificent ballad orchestration can be heard by the guest musician Jonah Weingarten (Pyramaze). The striking artwork is created by Jobert Mello (Sabaton, Primal Fear) and the stellar job of mixing and mastering is done by Alexander Krull (Leaves’ Eyes, Atrocity) at Mastersound Studio.
Back in 2011 Elina Siirala, ventured away from her classical opera background and started Angel Nation under the name EnkeliNation (Finnish for Angel Nation). As the story goes, the actual origin of the band goes back even farther to a time when Elina moved to London in the UK for vocal studies and fell in love with rock and metal. When her studies ended she formed the band originally joined by guitarist Shadow (Empyreal Destroyer, Stand Aside) and the first years of the band were spent playing shows around London and enduring lineup changes. In 2012 the band released a three song ep and in 2014 a video for the song “Tears of Lust” which gained them notoriety in the scene. That year saw the release of the album Tears of Lust and the band headlining shows and getting a slot at the Bloodstock Festival. In 2015, the band played some shows with Leaves Eyes, wrote and recorded Aeon, and changed the name of the band to the English translation. The time with Leaves Eyes provided a bit of foreshadowing as Elina became their vocalist in 2016. For the third Angel Nation album, the band brought in guest musician Jonah Weingarten (Pyramaze) and had mastering and mixing done by Alexander Krull (Leaves Eyes, Atrocity) at Mastersound Studios with Jobert Mello providing some stunning artwork.