There's just a very thin line between art and kitsch, but there are some innovative bands operating smartly near, but never beyond it. Among those are Ancient Bards, managing that balancing act with ambitious grace. Some say Ancient Bards are somehow like a "more sophisticated" Rhapsody that wouldn't do the sextet justice. Ancient Bards are definitely versatile enough to deliver their musical visions without merely being copycats. Their debut album, "The Alliance Of The Kings", is impressive proof of this and will be a surprise for those with a love of Epic-Metal with classy arrangements.