There has been a correction to this article. Originally the name of the singer was given as Elena Bella, The singer on the album was Alexandra Anagnostopoulou, who has since left the band.
Messengers of Hope is the latest album from Hand of Fate. I hadn’t heard of them until the album was sent to me, but they were just the band I needed to listen to. Having been frustrated with a number of tech issues all day things had gotten pretty heavy and there was a lot of frustration that was either as a result of technology or too much sugar. I am not a doctor, so we may never find out which it is.
Hand of Fate have released an amazing album here, to the point that there will no doubt be comparisons to Within Temptation made. These comparisons are not just as a result of having a female singer, or one with an operatic voice at that, but also with the epic scale of the tracks created by the musicians around her.
The album has a sense of scale and scope that is not heard often in the current musical landscape. It is especially rare to have this so well performed without it being overdone. Every band that has any degree of success has to first get through comparisons made about their sound and other well established bands. These are not always a negative, just look at the success of Greeta Van Fleet in recent times and understand the comparisons (correctly) made between them and Led Zepplin, either way, this can only be a compliment.
If there was to be a more accurate comparison made however I would say that this album reminded me more of Ghostlights from Avantasia with regards to the theatrical feel that the album give off. The guitar work is technical and impressive and perfectly matches the incredible vocals. Singer Alexandra Anagnostopoulou has an incredible voice that is showcased magnificently here. This is one of the few albums where you can honestly say there is no dip in quality with any of the tracks.
I am getting a headache from being too complimentary here, but they have managed to turn my mood around completely and I am now just sitting re-enjoying the guitar work on Messengers of Hope as I’m typing. Hand of Fate are a band on the rise and this album is going to be a huge catalyst for that.