Every band has to take it's influence from somewhere...just look at The Offspring, the thing that propelled them into fame was making brazen copies of Nirvana styled songs you know? Besides, there's so much music out there you aren't going to make anything extremely new (unless you are the Lucky Dragons or something). And Nightwish copied Manowar and Dio....even they say so. So....yea. This is a great band that does a great job. It's called a genre, if all there was in the symphonic powermetal genre was Within Temptation and Nightwish I would not be listening to them. VOA have a pleasant, almost friendly style when compared with most other similar (gothic, symphonic, powermetal etc.). They are not copycats, they take an existing genre and make it fresh again.