Nima : Derdian is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year and I have followed the career of these Italians since their debut, ‘New Era Pt. 1’ from 2005. However, it wasn’t until their fourth album, ‘Limbo’, that I really started to appreciate them. Not that the first three albums were bad, but the symphonic, heavily by Rhapsody Of Fire-influenced symphonic power metal simply didn’t have what it took in order to fully convince. Fortunately, the band showed an upward trend on ‘Limbo’ and especially its successor, ‘Human Reset’, and has constantly progressed on all fronts.
The band recently released its sixth (the compilation of re-recorded material, ‘Revolution Era’ not included) long player, 'DNA'. As soon as the album takes off with the title track right after the trusted-sounding intro, it immediately becomes clear that the gentlemen have not deviated one bit from the sound and style that they have been handling ever since the beginning. The influences of bands such as Rhapsody Of Fire, Luca Turilli, Dragonland, Domine, Angra, Symphony X and the likes are still very much present here. Especially the spirit of Rhapsody Of Fire is even more present than before. So again you don’t have to expect things like originality or renewal here. But hey, if one comes with such compositions, that kind of thing is only a side issue, because fortunately one again the band shows an upwards trend here. The intro not included we get ten powerful compositions that contain everything that a quality record of this kind should have. The songs are packed with strong riffs, beautiful, catchy melodies and it all sounds more epic and more bombastic than before. The departure of singer Ivan Giannini (Elegy, Ivory), who could be heard on the previous two albums, made me worry about the band, but he has fortunately returned and also he sounds stronger than ever. All in all, this is a beautiful symphonic power metal album and absolutely the best and the strongest that we have heard from Derdian so far. Fans of the genre can purchase this album blindly.