Monday, July 2, 2007 @ 11:09 AM
Nuclear Blast debut
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For many people out there, myself included, who complain that the metalcore or gothic scenes have become saturated with copycats, Echoes of Eternity has come up with a unique twist on the genre. Her name is Francine Boucher.
First listen to Echoes of Eternityís new CD, the Nuclear Blast debut The Forgotten Goddess, and you are immediately thinking ďWhat the fuck?Ē. The lead off song, Expression of Flesh (not counting Burning With Life, an instrumental thatís under 2 minutes), starts off on a rapid pace and soon Boucherís vocals are let loose, drifting over the chugging chords of guitarists Sam Young and Brandon Patton. The vocals are almost too celestial in that they arenít anchored to any rhythm. This is a fresh spin on the genre, but at times itís very distracting. What also makes the distraction more apparent is that the guitars are behind the vocals, so they never seem to garner full strength.
Throughout the disc, the mixing appears to have considered the guitars an afterthought. Amid Voices in a Dream both of these conditions are spotlighted. During most of the song you not really sure what direction its going, but when it finally syncs, the vocals fall in to place but the guitars have no teeth. They should be coming in over the top at the point. This song accents the tempo changes that the band can pull off with 90 degree turns. The musicianship is simply amazing, and the acoustic intro to The Kingdom Within definitely showcases this as well.
Another ingredient that seems to be underestimated is the rhythm backing of bassist Duane Cowan and drummer Kirk Carrison. Again, when Carrison lets loose with his blast beats and double bass bludgeoning, it does little to rattle any fillings. The fullness of the instruments just doesnít come through.
But thatís just the mix. Donít get me wrong - there is plenty of head banging while listening to this disc. The entire CD, while maybe taking a couple extra spins to get used to it because of the mix, still progresses nicely and offers a different element to the genre. There are no unintelligible scream-o vocals, yet there are plenty of thrashy riffs. The band is showing that there is more to them than what being stereotyped in a certain genre offers, whether its goth metal or metalcore.
Leave it to the ladies to bring a stale genre a breath of fresh air.
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