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Eternal Frost Records Underground Metal Promotions : Compilation Disc, Volume II
2005, Eternal Frost Records
Various Artists, "Eternal Frost Records Underground Metal Promotions : Compilation Disc, Volume II"
Here is a sampler from Eternal Frost records. I am going to give you an opinion on each song, but obviously it will be somewhat incomplete as opposed to something I would say about an entire recording. The second song is by the band Fallen Empire whose Skepticism EP I am also reviewing so I won't bother to cover them here. You'll get a much better picture off the full review anyway.
Death by Hate - I Will Rise - These guys like to play death metal that is faster than most. They use a two vocal attack that is supported by some great drumming, especially when he starts blasting on every other line. They even throw in some random spoken vocals just to add to the creepiness. This also has a pretty good guitar sound, though the overall production isn't great. The guitars are also pretty good too, though the bass gets lost in the mix somewhat. It's a demo track though, so we don't need Dimmu Borgir level production. This isn't anything you haven't already heard but it's still pretty good. Let's check back in a little while because these guys could get pretty good.
Lost in Blue - Lonely Blue - This is an instrumental track, but this is not an all-instrumental band. I checked out the band's website and they are as of this review without a vocalist, so they released this with no vocals. Normally I don't like instrumentals on compilations but I can cut these guys some slack due to this knowledge. I will say these guys can play. In fact there's no reason to think they wouldn't fare well as an instrumental unit. This is pretty technical stuff that reminds me of Rush actually, especially the bass. The track is a bit mellow but it is a treat to hear guys this good let it go. However as I have something of a short attention span due to listening to way too much thrash and grind, if its possible to do so, I tend to get a little bored while listening to this. I need vocals to really stick with a song this long, but like I said they're looking for one. I hope they find one soon, I want to see what they can do with vocals. It could be fun.
Luminary - To the Sky - These guys are into the melodic death metal quite a bit. In fact they remind me a lot of older Soilwork with somewhat higher vocals. They also use some clean vocals, which remind me of Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth. They also have a bit of a technical side to them that actually doesn't work out so good as the parts of the song that are supposed to sound jagged actually come off a bit clumsy. The keyboards are used here to very good effect and they have a pretty good bass sound. The only problem with the production is the vocals sometimes overshadow the guitar quite badly. In spite of that and the occasional jaggedness of the music they still come off pretty good to my ears. They'll work these things out I'm sure.
Angelfire - To the Flames - This is pretty heavy metalcore that leans far closer to the metal half of the name. The vocals are something of a rasp more than a growl but the guitar is beautiful. In fact one guitar line reminds me of Low Life by Death. Invoking Chuck is always a good move. Sadly this song gets slightly derailed by a mellow breakdown, which throws off the momentum the song was building up. They also try to use the clean vocals that every metalcore band now feels the need to use. They aren't very convincing however and actually sound like they droned by someone who had yet to finish waking up that day. There is some good and some bad here, but I see no reason to give up hope yet.
Vesicant - Shadows of Addiction - These guys are the victims of a truly awful guitar sound that makes this song hard to judge. They pulled a Sadistik Exekution and put the volume up way too high so you get nothing but fuzz out of the amps. The bass sounds rather clear though, which makes this a truly bizarre sound. The vocals remind me of the Crowbar style of bellowing. The tempo is in the midrange here and I think they're going for something of a hardcore style here but the guitar sound makes it rather hard to tell. I really couldn't get into this due to the sound being so bad, so my judgment on this song may be somewhat off. I don't mind a raw production, but this one is just bad.
Upon Darkness - Annihilation - This one is somewhat hard to review since the production is really bad here. The guitar is almost inaudible really. This is mostly snare and rasping vocals. What I can make out of the song is rather generic death metal that is barely above midtempo. There really isn't anything here that catches my ear, but I'll cut them a break since the production really made this tough to listen to.
Society's Own- No Remorse - These guys are also in the melodic death vein, though the vocals are more of a hardcore scream than a deathgrowl. They even bring in some clean singing that is decent though not spectacular. They do the melodic death part of this very well but the hardcore vocals and the breakdown take this down a notch for me. This is pretty well done, but the hardcore touches ruin it for me somewhat. This is because of my well documented prejudice against hardcore, no point denying that. I give them credit though, they do a good job at what they do. It's just not my thing.
Gallow's Edge - Abuse - This is very metalcore, due to the rather death metal growling that is taking place here along with the constant asking of wanna fuck with me. Anytime I hear a chorus like this I immediately think this is for people who don't get the subtle complexity of Hatebreed. That was sarcasm for those of you not so good at picking it up in text form. This song tries way too hard to be tough instead of trying to be interesting since this is very generic hardcore with the occasional bit of metal. I'll have to pass on this one.
Asrynth - April - I am not even going to try to review this. I emailed the band as to whether or not they were an instrumental unit or not since I heard no vocals on this track. Their response indicated that they do have a vocalist and that this song was originally 13 minutes long. There are only 5 minutes of material on the disc so there is no way I can do a proper review based on a third of a song. I'm not THAT good.
Low Twelve - Kill Everything - This song starts with some odd noise then a bass fill that sounds like it was taken off a Korn album. It doesn't get any better from there, although I do give them some credit for sounding a little strange. This song is also hurt by the fact that this has the loudest snare drum I've ever heard, and it even has the ping you so loved on St. Anger. The vocals are trying way too hard to sound tough, which usually ends up coming off constipated. Seriously these vocals remind me of Crowbar, and tell me that dude doesn't sound like he needs to crank one out. They even have the obligatory sounds of a woman being terrorized, but to no real effect here. Pig Destroyer do this to a much more chilling effect on Gravedancer, then again they do everything chilling.K.Huckins