Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Eternal Storm - From the Ashes
The earlier songs lean towards melodeath/metalcore, while the latter ones could fit in with any of the generic Finnish DT wannabes. There's a complete lack of character in the vocal performance and the guitar work borrows the forms, but none of the purpose. They open and close with some acoustic pieces which are adequately performed, but feel more like a backing to something than a piece which the focus is on. Both the performance and the production lack the emotional charge and feeling of the old Gothenburg bands where pieces like that carried the feeling of the album rather than feeling like nothing more than bookends. That's how the whole album feels, like they're copying other melodeath bands with no real direction nor purpose to it. It's precise and unadorned to a fault. It's upbeat and pop-tinged melodeath without a purpose to the melodies or any residual feeling of the darkness of death metal to it.
Technically adequate but absolutely soulless music. It's surface-deep and these guys just don't get it.