Echoes Of Eternity - The Forgotten Goddess review
|Band:||Echoes Of Eternity|
|Album:||The Forgotten Goddess|
|Release date:||February 2007|
01. Burning With Life
02. Expressions Of Flesh
03. Voices In A Dream
04. Towers Of Silence
05. The Forgotten Goddess
06. The Kingdom Within
07. Circles In Stone
08. Garden Of The Gods
09. Lost Beneath A Silent Sky
Female fronted bands have been hip in recent years, with the commercial success encountered by After Forever, Within Temptation, Nightwish and in a different style Arch Enemy. But don't be fooled, Echoes of Eternity is not a re-hash of those bands. Operating into a symphonic progressive Thrash registry, the US combo presents a one-of-a-kind album with their sophomore full-length album The Forgotten Goddess. And as with all Nuclear Blast new signings, any reviewer is more expectant.
The general response to this album - as far as I can tell - is halfway where the band wanted to be. While the concept of female singer fronting a progressive Thrash band has been regarded as innovative, some have called the result uneven. The charming Québécoise Francine Bouché singing style might be too crystalline or lyrical to fit the project, despite her great energy and her alluring physique. Some songs really click in while others almost sound like two bands are playing at the same time, which is the real downfall of The Forgotten Goddess.
For having seen the band on stage recently, I can tell you that the production of this record is far from giving the right light on their songs. This album sounds flat while the sound on stage was more like Meshuggah with a female singer. From the CD, it is almost impossible to guess that they have a dynamic duo of talented guitar players. Even the live rendering of their softer single 'Voices in a Dream' was a powerful deed to behold.
Songs like 'The Kingdom Within' or 'Circles in Stone' represent Echoes of Eternity to perfection, with softer lyrical passages mixed in with harsh riffs and a progressive entwine.
Hopefully, their undergoing first major tour is giving them some exposure to the right audience. People who can see the potential of Echoes of Eternity and foresee their next album as a more polished unique blend that will swoop their initial critics away. For now, The Forgotten Goddess is a more than decent debut album, but suffers from a case of tune-down production and a recurring spasm attack of strange dissonance between the vocals and the music. At the end of the day, Echoes of Eternity is surely a band to follow in the coming years.
Written on 22.07.2007 by
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