Sjak : The North-American Insatia was already founded in 2009, but only when female singer Zoë Federoff was added to the line-up in 2012, the career of the band started to make waves. That resulted in 2013 in the independently released debut album ‘Asylum Denied’, which is now about four years later followed by successor ‘Phoenix Aflame’. Style-wise the band is to be categorized in the symphonic metal genre and that’s quite a risk, as the competition within that segment is nothing less than murderous. Still I’m convinced that Insatia will find its spot within the genre, because the quality of the song material and the voice of female singer Zoë Federoff are so convincing that they’re able to distinguish themselves from the majority of other bands.
The ten tracks that are to be found on ‘Phoenix Aflame’ (among which the intro ‘Land Of The Living’) are very accessible, contain great riffs and as already mentioned lovely vocals from Zoë. Best examples of this are in my opinion ‘Memories From A Sapphire’, ‘Not My God’ (which is a duet with ex-Firewind singer Apollo Papathanasio) and the subdued ‘Velvet Road’, but as a matter of fact the true power of the album is the consistent high quality level of the material. Certainly in comparison with the debut they’ve progressed quite a lot and therefore I’m quite curious how they can develop themselves further for a possible next album. For now we can enjoy this ‘Phoenix Aflame’ and I strongly advise you to do just that.