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Echoes of Eternity


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3.26 | 13 ratings

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3 stars The Forgotten Goddess is the debut studio album from US ( Los Angeles) female led metal act Echoes of Eternity. The band was signed to Nuclear Blast records in 2006 after recording a promotional demo and after that recorded this debut album.

The music is melodic female led metal with thrashy riffing. The vocals from Canadian born vocalist Francine Boucher isnīt as virtuosic as some of the other vocalists in the genre ( Tarja of course comes to mind when speaking of the more technically skilled female singers in metal) and she actually reminds me a bit of Madonna when she doesnīt hit the higher notes which she doesnīt do very often. She is a good vocalist though, just with a different style than many of her contemporaries. The music is simple structured so donīt expect any surprises in the structure of the songs. They are all vers/chorus build and have a length between 4-6 minutes. What makes this album stand out a bit from the hordes of female led metal bands are the thrashy riffing. Itīs not the best or most memorable riffs though and you shouldnīt seek this band out to hear killer riffs. The music is very melodic with lots of lead work from the guitars and Francine Boucherīs melodic vocal lines pushed to the forefront of the soundscape.

The musicianship is excellent. These are all good musicians and the interplay is great too.

The production is good, but I think Francine Boucherīs voice is too high in the mix and the chorus effect on her voice seems a bit too much at times.

Finally a female led metal band that uses some thrashy riffing instead of the more traditonal metal riffs that many of the bands in the genre play. And there are next to no keyboards on the album. Another plus in my book. The problem is that the expected effect is absent. I donīt get anything more out of listening to Echoes of Eternity than I do listening to almost any other band in the genre. Iīll stretch and give this album a 3 star rating because itīs such a professional product. Itīs not to my personal liking though. The Forgotten Goddess is recommended to people who thinks that female led metal with thrashy riffing sounds interesting. Just donīt come complaining to me when you find out that those thrashy riffs are actually pretty generic and really not that powerful.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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