Although suggestions of certain similarities to Rhapsody resp. Rhapsody Of Fire have followed ANCIENT BARDS since they first got together, the Italian quintet, with their overwhelming vocalist and frontgirl Sara Squadrani, have consistently gone their own way. Their style may have made the band polarize somewhat, but they are persistent in realizing their musical vision and balancing their preferences. Their symphonic-epic Metal is cleanly prepared, superbly played and it is apparent that ANCIENT BARDS do their work not only with fun, but also with conviction. It comes therefore as no surprise that they have once again set new musical accents with their third album "A New Dawn Ending", which takes up and continues the previous subjects from Nordic stories and Japanese tales like Final Fantasy. Musically, the band is clearly more mature and, during several songs on the new album, they can even be compared with Within Temptation. The album is the consequential development from their previous work and will attract everyone who loves bombastic, symphonic power metal. 2014 is going to be a really successful year for the Italian symphonic metal band, because with "A New Dawn Ending" they have a true ace up their communal sleeve. The ten songs on "A New Dawn Ending”, with over seventy minutes of playing time, are perfectly balanced, excellently performed symphonic epic metal with loads of feeling and variety. The band has moved away from the overly fast power metal style of its predecessor and take their songwriting audibly deeper. The album is rounded off with superb cover artwork from the house of Felipe Machado Franco, who has, in the past, been called upon by bands such as Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, etc.