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ECHOES OF ETERNITY is a progresive metal band from Los Angeles, California, founded in 2005.

Kirk Carrison and Brandon Patton created the band in 2005. Carrison met vocalist Francine Boucher in Florida. The two began dating and moved to Los Angeles together. After a few failed music projects, Carrison urged longtime friend and guitarist Patton to move to Los Angeles and form a band. The two enlisted Canadian-born Francine on vocals, who had previously worked in the techno/dance music genre, programming and recording her own work. The band then added bassist Duane Cowan.

The group recorded a three song demo, which was eventually passed to Nuclear Blast records, who signed the band in 2006.

On February 20th, 2007, ECHOES OF ETERNITY released their debut album "The Forgotten Goddess". the album received mixed reviews from the press, though most of them were favorable.

ECHOES OF ETERNITY plays a gothic-oriented progressive-metal, with emphasis on thrash-style riffs along with beautiful melodies and the great vocal work of Boucher.

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Echoes of Eternity, EP (2005)
The Forgotten Goddess, studio album (2007)
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3.23 | 11 ratings
The Forgotten Goddess
2007
3.31 | 7 ratings
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2009

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 As Shadows Burn by ECHOES OF ETERNITY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.31 | 7 ratings

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As Shadows Burn
Echoes of Eternity Progressive Metal

Review by usa prog music

4 stars Echoes of Eternity's new release, As Shadows Burn, is a rocking progressive metal release a lot harder than my usual listening habits, but quite enjoyable none the less. If you're familiar with their earlier album, the Forgotten Goddess, then you might be surprised by this newer CD; it's got a more powerful, heavier feel to it than some of the sounds of their debut work. Comprised of eight vocal tracks and a single instrumental piece at the end of the album, the CD reminded me a lot of Krypteria's 2007 release Bloodangel's Cry.

There's a plethora of guitars when you listen to the CD. Two electrics and one base round out the instrumentals, and the group uses the versatility that having two "leading" guitars brings by frequently exchanging complex melodies between them. The bass influences are subtle, or perhaps I'm confusing the bass guitar for one of the other ones during some pieces; the real stars of the instrumental line?as you would suspect?remain the other guitars.

The instrumental sound remains very similar to their last release, but the vocals have been changed. On the Forgotten Goddess, lead singer Francine Boucher was accompanied by an echoing, ethereal effect giving tracks a gothic feel. As Shadows Burn breaks from this motif and gives Boucher free reign to rise or fall on her own merits. She rises; boy, does she ever rise. Many groups use a male back-up singer to play "beast" to the leading lady's "Beauty," but not these guys. Especially on the eighth track, Letalis (Latin: Lethal), but throughout all of the vocal pieces, her soaring soprano is complemented by the harsher sounds of the lead guitarists who often harmonize with her melody lines.

The percussion provides the pounding, driving beats that you would expect from a metal group. Sometimes, accompanied by the roar of the guitars, they approach thrash metal sounds, but these do not overpower the other progressive elements throughout. The ninth track?the instrumental?might be one of the heaviest pieces on the album (probably only beaten by Twilight Fire, the sixth), and it well represents not only the technical precision of the percussionist, whose rhythms are frequently set to full-automatic, but also the musicality of the entire instrumental line up. The heavier, thrash-y beginning switches about one-third of the way through the piece to a very melodic sound highlighting their versatility with respect to their songwriting. This variety, especially in tempo, is highlighted elsewhere; for example, the first track, Ten of Swords.

Probably my only criticism of the album as a whole is that the sound is a little repetitious. Almost all the tracks begin at the same tempo?at the same speed?and with similar percussive rhythms. While some alter that tempo throughout the life of the track, the beginnings feel similar to me. The vocal lines have some common elements to them, too, especially instrumental drop-outs behind Boucher's vocal line. Taken as a whole, these criticisms in no way retract from my enjoyment of the album and, frankly, I didn't even begin to notice them during casual, early listening; my ears may have been tainted by the need to listen and re-listen in advance of writing this review.

As Shadows Burn is available in stores and online on September 22 , 2009 in North America; Europe has to wait until Friday the 25th for access. If you've heard their earlier work, you'll be able to hear the growth of the band's sound within the last two years. This growth has brought them to a place where they can appeal to an audience that may not have appreciated their earlier gothic influence, while remaining true to the instrumental sound of the past should keep returning fans listening until their next release.

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Echoes of Eternity Progressive Metal

Review by usa prog music

3 stars I've actually wanted to hear this disc for a few months now as they seemed to be creating quite a stir in the so called 'hot chicks' metal department, so I was happy that I got the chance to review it.

Echoes of Eternity are an L.A. based band that was formed in 2005. According to their press kit, guitarist/songwriter Brandon Patton wanted to form a band that would "combine the power and aggressiveness of extreme metal with the musicianship of progressive metal and complete the sound with the beautiful dynamics of the female voice." The Forgotten Goddess, their first release, was recorded over six months and released in February on the Nuclear Blast USA label. Vocals are handled by Quebec native Francine Boucher, who has already made the cover of Revolver's "Hottest Chicks in Metal" issue. Echoes of Eternity is her first professional band.

First comment: Francine's voice is excellent. Her vocals have an ethereal or angelic quality that I really enjoy. Unfortunately, she sounds a bit muted or overshadowed by the guitars. It may be the mix or maybe her voice isn't that strong yet, I don't know. I like this album, but I cannot say that I love it. It will appeal to those who favor female vocals and to people who prefer a more aggressive/extreme metal style (think a way-less progressive Into Eternity). The music is pretty straight aggressive metal but it seems more symphonic because of her unique voice. I don't think the band brings anything new and exciting to the world and they may simply be a band trying to cash in on the "hot chicks in metal" trend. They certainly can do that with Francine but I think (and hope) there is more to this band than a simple image. The guitars are good and the song structure is solid, but I would not call this a progressive metal album, and I wish there were some more melodic solos. The guitars are very aggressive and there is a lot of double bass and cymbal banging. Personally, I can't call them progressive simply because they have a female singer with an angelic-style voice. I'll expect great things from them on their follow-up album. Hopefully they will get the vocal mix right and bring her impressive talent more into the forefront, and drop the extreme style guitars for a more melodic and progressive approach. I would recommend it to those who are into a harder style of metal and who don't have anything against ghostly female vocals. If you are very picky when it comes to vocalists, you may not like this. I don't feel that Francine is anywhere close to Tarja or Cristina but it is her first album.

Recommended songs:

For some reason I prefer the second half of this album, probably because it's not as heavy and Francine really sounds good on these tunes:

"The Kingdom Within"

"Circles in Stone"

"Garden of the Gods"

"Adrift"

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Echoes of Eternity Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Echoes of Eternity latest release to date from 2009 is step further in their career. The sound, the manner of composing now improved a little bit, well not very much but is little better then previous work. Again the variety is mising, sometimes seams like all the pieces are alike, only the good voice of Francine Boucher helps the album not to be boring. What I like here at this second album is the drumming of Kirk Clarrison, very good drummer, with a lot to offer and some intristing chops. The guitar is again rough metalized all the time, not a respiro moment. As I said on previous review this band doesn't seam to be progressive metal at all, is more a metal band with female vocal parts. I can't extract a piece to be the best, all have same level, and all have same value. So in the end nothing special again, but is another good album if you like to listen to this kind of music, if the next album is the same as these two I can forget about this band for sure. Still a 3 star album for me, because of the drms and the powerfull voice of Francine Boucher, the rest is ok but nothing over the top.

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Echoes of Eternity Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Echoes of Eternity is a young band formed in Los Angeles few years ago. They release so far two album, this one is the first from 2007 named The forgotten goddess. Well, this is not progressive metal at all, is more like metal with female singer. The riffs, the drumming, all remind me of a metal band, they don't have in common nothing with a progressive metal genre. All the pieces are under 5 min, that showns that the pieces are not very well developed, not complex enough to be progressive metal, but if you take the album as it is as metal is quite enjoyble. As I said the pieces are short , guitar oriented with a lots riffing but combined with the good voice and very powerfull of Francine Boucher this first album is a god one but don't expect to something realy excellent. I've heared this album couple of times and was enough for me, even the variety is missing here. The album has power and balls, is very up tempo all the time, with some great chops on drums but the complexity is not present here, 3 riffs over two refrains and a chorus and is over a piece of 4 min. In the end a good album, but far from being something special, I wish it were more structurated and more varied in manner of composing. Anyway I will give 3 stars, nothing progressive here, but pleasent most of the time.

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Echoes of Eternity Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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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.

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Echoes of Eternity Progressive Metal

Review by 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.

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Review by burritounit
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4 stars I stumbled upon Echoes of Eternity while searching for bands through MySpace. Immediately as I heard it I liked it so I decided to get their debut album The Forgotten Goddess. The album has a mix between gothic, trash metal with a very good melodic side. While not being that much progressive at least in my opinion Echoes of Eternity start of at the right foot with this debut album. Some of the songs often contain some acoustic passages that bring a nice clean melodic sound to the music and a sort of relaxing moment from all the riffs. On the other hand Francine Boucher has one of the best female vocals I've ever heard yet they feel a little misplaced due to the sound and the rhythms of the other instruments. As for the drums on the other hand sound a bit repetitive with a sort of trash metal style.

The album has some sort of intro: Burning with Life which could clearly define what the music is all about except that it doesn't have any vocals. The first of the songs that caught my attention was Voices in A Dream, which has a soft acoustic, part which sounds so melodic with a very appealing solo. Other good songs like The Forgotten Goddess, The Kingdom Within which has a very interesting intro, Circles in Stone which is one of my favorites and Garden of the Gods follow the same formula as the first one I mentioned. In fact most of the songs sound a bit similar if you don't listen to the album to well you can't differ one from another. In the end the album closes with Adrift a sort of atmospheric symphonic melody followed with the incredible voice of Francine Boucher.

In the end we get a good prog goth metal album with trash-metal riffs that sounds similar to Trivium and Lacuna Coil. If you like both of these bands or at least one of them consider getting The Forgotten Goddess.

Good album. A 3.8 for me!

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