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Eternal Tear : ...Inside

Eternal Tear is one of those bands that you could have sworn you heard before. Whilst I really enjoyed their demo 'Embrion', I have a hard time listening to this one. It just sounds too much like Anathema, Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride. What's worse, they don't seem to add anything to this particular style, leaving me with an album that is almost tedious to sit through. Sure, they play what they play very well, but it's just too derivative.

I was listening to this album earlier and thought it was nearly over, I checked to see where I was on the record. The first track 'She Said...' hadn't even finished yet. You know it's a bad sign whenever the first song bores you that much. So instead I put on Swans' 'Children Of God'. But to be fair, I had to give it another listen or three...

...Luckily for me, this album does have a few redeeming moments, the first being the very short track 'Beznaoziejny Sen', a very short piece with clean singing and very deep spoken word, backed with keys, which seems to work really well. Granted, it has nothing to do with doom-metal, but I still like it. The following track really picks up the pace, literally, and starts off very fast, melodic death metal style. This is where the band really shines for me, on this album anyway. It is when they slow down into doom, that they start to get closer and closer to the Peaceville Three, but when playing in this style they sound really unique, or that could be due to my complete lack of knowledge in this genre. Either way, 'Bitch' is a killer track. The other killer track on this record is the title track, especially towards the end, with those awesome guitar hooks, that grab me every time. Excellent stuff.

There isn't really much more I want to say about this release. Maybe it was just a weak link between the demo and the follow up 'Nad Grobem', I'm not sure. In all, my main beef is with the lack of originality that plagues most of the forty-five minute duration, which really irritates me. That said, there is a couple of diamonds in the rough.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. She Said...
2. Challenge
3. Beznadziejny Sen*
4. Bitch
5. Coma
6. I Burn The Angels
7. ....Inside
8. Deep Water
9. The Everlasting Requiem For My Lonely

3. Hopeless Dream

Duration : Approx. 43 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Scott Wickens
Forever Autumn
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