|To me, 'Embrion' is a much more engaging release than the follow up '..Inside'. The first thought that raced through my head when the album started was: Anathema. And indeed this is true as the influences from the Peaceville Three are extremely evident throughout the eight tracks. Unlike the follow up however, here the influences are just influences, and Eternal Tear manages to turn them into their own identifiable sound without sounding too much like a clone band.|
The album as a whole, is a lot more fast paced than '...Inside', which makes for a more engaging listen. As I said on the other review, this band is best when playing with a bit of speed and momentum behind them, and whilst 'Embrion' has its slow moments, the overall pace really helps. After a short intro the disc launches into 'A Dialogue With...' which despite not being mind-blowing, is a good solid slab of death/doom metal, which launches into 'Nad Groben', easily the best track on the album. The pained, clean and drawn out vocals on the raging background paint a very good contrast, and are supported at times by buried growling and screaming which are lost in the swirling tidal wave of sound. It works really well and I'll have to track down their latest mCD (released after '..Inside'), based solely on the strength of this track.
I don't want to needlessly stretch out the rest of this review by describing every track. However, I will say that the rest of them range from very solid, though nothing new, to classic level, as they weave their own influences with the modern doom metal pioneers, including some strange instrumentation and even epic elements. If there was a single downfall to this album, it would probably be in some of the clean vocals, which at times sound way too forced for my liking. On the other hand, the growls are top notch, embodying a lot of emotion, something quite rare in metal.
What else can I say? Excellent release. Skip '...Inside' in favour of 'Embrion', which should be in every doom lovers collection.
2. A Dialogue With...
3. Nad Groben*
4. Thorn Of Sadness
6. Vale Of Tears
7. Wodospad Smutnychlez*
8. Arthut Vacano
3. Over Weir
7. Sad Waterfalls
Duration : Approx. 46 minutes
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