REXORIA – Queen Of Light

REXORIA - Queen Of Light
  • 5/10
    REXORIA - Queen Of Light - 5/10


Pride & Joy Music
Release date: January 19, 2018

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Sweden’s Rexoria describes their music as Folk influenced Melodic Hard Rock with powerful female vocals, burning guitar riffs and blasting drums. Unfortunately Queen Of Light, the quartet’s first full length album, isn’t always powerful, burning, or blasting. The muted mix of the rhythm section stifles the bass and drums forcing the guitar and vocalist to carry the album. Also, the songwriting lacks variety and complexity.

Ten 4-6 minute songs follow an unfortunate atmospheric intro and feature mid-tempo or slower pacing resulting in little differentiation between them. The songs contain decent musical ideas which are, for the most part, well performed vocally and instrumentally but are overstretched. When the band adds some depth with keyboard and background vocal harmonies, the results are highlight tracks such as the inspirational title track, “Queen Of Light”, and the lilting, “Voice Of Heaven”. Unfortunately, the band employs these touches sparingly and are often underrepresented in the mix. Other highlights are “My Spirit Will Run Free” which has a vibe similar to Hammerfall’s “Crimson Thunder” and “Way To Die” which features both mid and up tempo riffs and a catchy chorus. Unfortunately, the latter song pushes the vocalist, who is solid throughout the album, out of her range from too low to a cringe-worthy scream.

While Queen Of Light could’ve benefited from some editing and better differentiation between songs, it is a solid debut effort which highlights a band with excellent potential. Recommended for fans who like their Melodic Metal with a dash of Folk.



  1. The Land In Between
  2. Stranded
  3. Queen of Light
  4. Voice of Heaven
  5. Way To Die
  6. Song By The Angels
  7. Next Generation
  8. The Saviour
  9. Hurricane
  10. My Spirit


Frida Ohlin: vocals and keyboard
Jonas Gustavsson: bass guitar
Cristofer Svensson: guitar
Martin Gustavsson: drums


  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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