Review by Tim Jones
Dorian Opera is a German progressive metal band with some impressive keyboard and guitar talent. No Secrets is their first album. They formed in 2007 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Andrew Roussak, on keyboards, heads the band. His main influences are classical and progressive rock--primarily Emerson and Wakeman. In 2006, he won awards for both the best keyboard player and the best instrumental soloist in The German Pop and Rock Awards. All the lyrics on this album are his.
Roussak is joined by Joe Eisenburger on bass and vocals, Oliver Weislogel on guitars, and Harry Reischmann on drums. All of the instruments are fantastically played. Weislogel does most of the composing, although Roussak sometimes helps him out. Unsurprisingly, with the guitarist writing most of the music, the electric guitar is the dominating instrument. The only weakness is the vocals--Eisenburger does fine on the soft songs, but on the heavy songs it sounds like the band ran out of time in the studio and Eisenburger only had one chance to run through them. Despite this, Dorian Opera has some great stuff here, and this really is a good album.