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INTO ETERNITY

Into Eternity

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

2.16 | 9 ratings

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UMUR
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1 stars "Into Eternity" is the self titled debut album from Canadian metalcore/ melodic death metal act Into Eternity. The album was originally self-released in 1999 but was picked up for a 2000 re-release by DVS Records.

My introduction to Into Eternity was through their 2nd and 3rd full-length studio albums "Dead or Dreaming (2001)" and "Buried in Oblivion (2004)". Into Eternity is a band that will dazzle a lot of people on initial listen as their music sounds deceivingly catchy and intriguingly technical. After a while you come to realise that the songs arenīt really that catchy and that the technical parts are not that intriguing either. This debut album by Into Eternity might be the best example I know, of a thin musical shell that upon the slightest touch will burst and leave you with nothing. The album seriously lacks compositional depth.

The music on the album features elements from different metal genres like Thrash metal, metalcore and melodic death metal. The death metal part is mostly due to the growling vocals which occasionally appear. The music is very melodic with a lot of clean sung choruses. The music isnīt technical in a tech metal sense but itīs pretty well played. There are some acoustic playing put in for variation in songs like "A Frozen Escape" and the title track. As such Tim Roth who handles the lead vocals have a pretty good voice but the melody lines even though they are very melodic are not memorable at all. Almost every song on the album sounds exactly the same and I canīt remember any of them after listening to the album. The album is somewhat a paradox. Extremely melodic yet not memorable at all. The clean vocals that on initial listen sounds very good also end up annoying the hell out of me. They are way to nice and not edgy enough for me. It doesnīt help to have a good singer when the parts he sings are so generic and at times downright cringe worthy. It has to be mentioned here that the growling vocals are very badly executed too. They sound so weak. Damn it! if you mean it! Sing it like you do.

The musicianship is as such allright. The playing is faultless but not very inspired or innovative.

The production is really bad and of course a bad sound quality doesnīt help music that is already weak. Itīs especially the guitar sound I have a hard time appreciating.

Itīs very rarely that I give albums 1 star but this album contains the kind of metal music that gives metal a bad name IMO. In my world thatīs close to a mortal sin and Into Eternity will pay for their evil deeds with this 1 star rating (LOL). You have probably guessed it by now but I will recommend that you donīt waste your time or money on this album. If youīre curious about Into Eternity listen to some of their later albums instead. Itīs about the same style but the sound is better and there are more memorable moments on those albums. This album should only be purchased if you like very tame and polished metalcore/ melodic death metal. Itīs really no wonder why this album was self-financed and self-released the first time around.

UMUR | 1/5 |

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