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3 stars Promising first effort.

The first album of Eldritch has introduced a new sound in progressive metal, the 'Eldritch' sound. This can be defined by a mix of power prog metal with US influences, primarily in the guitar work, and some weird, dark tunes and melodies, characteristic of this band.

Even though the album is not a masterpiece, Eldritch have left their personal stigma on it. It starts with a powerful song (Incurably ill) where some Dream Theater influences are revealed. It is clearly a power-prog metal sound with nice melodic moments, while Under this Ground continues on the same tempo introducing some strange melodies. The music is based on mid-tempos with many 'clean' guitar breaks.

The record also contains some less impressive moments (I Don't Know Why, Chalice of Insanity) but there are also highlights such as Colors, including weird tunes, great melodies and progressive piano breaks (reminding a bit of Shadow Gallery). There are also some influences from Sieges Even (Ultimate solution), making this a rather diverse and impressive debut.

Despite the fact that Seeds of Rage ends with three consecutive 'uninteresting' tracks, it's still a remarkable first effort from an Italian band that will leave its stain on progressive metal.

aapatsos | 3/5 |


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