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THE FORGOTTEN GODDESS

Echoes of Eternity

 

Progressive Metal

3.26 | 13 ratings

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The T
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3 stars A not-so-prog album that is very entertaining and interesting.

ECHOES OF ETERNITY is not really a full progressive-metal band yet in "The Forgotten Goddess'. Their style is a mix of gothic metal (good atmospheric effect here), thrash metal (the riffing is so important and at times so 80's) and power-epic metal, with hints and touches of progressive-metal here and there, like the song structures which are not always regular or the interaction between the drums and the guitar riffs which transcend the usual one in most power metal. Also, there are acoustic passages that add variation to the music and many instrumental moments that, alltogether, create a music with a distinct sound, if not particularly outstanding.

The musicians are gifted. The main stars here is Patton, the guitar player, whose riffs are the blood that drives this album home. This is true riff-based metal and it's no wonder most of the riffs are very interesting and enjoyable. Some are just OK but in general Patton displays good technique. Carrsion on drums does a god job even though at times he lacks variation: his style is too dependent on Patton's guitars and that stops him for doing more with his hands and the parts of his kit. The bass playing is simple and effective. Francine Boucher, the singer, has a good voice that, in my view, doesn't match the power of Floor Jansen of AFTER FOREVER, for example, but in the lower moments it has real beauty. Boucher has a few diction problems, mostly in the track "Voices in a Dream" (the best in the album), where she can't pronounce the word "dream" which somehow ends up sounding like "jin". (?!)

The music is very enjoyable and effective. It's not incredibly progressive but i get the idea from the music that this new band is just starting to develop and grow and I see a lot of potential here. So my rating for this album is 3 stars out of 5. A good album that's still not essential. ECHOES OF ETERNITY, though, has all in them to become a great, essential prog-metal band. They're just beginning, and for a debut album, this is a success.

The T | 3/5 |

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