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“The Forgotten Goddess” (re-release) by Echoes Of Eternity

Artist: Echoes Of Eternity
Title: “The Forgotten Goddess”
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 6/9/2015
Genre: Symphonic Gothic Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

Originally released in 2007 on Nuclear Blast Records, the debut album by Echoes Of Eternity was recently re-issued by Metal Mind Productions. The album now comes in a Digipak holder and features no additional tracks, so with that being the case my original thoughts on it remain the same. I have restated those views in the review that follows. The edition is limited to 2000 copies so diehards might want to act fast if interested in purchasing.

“Effective immediately the United States is joining its European allies in presenting quality female-fronted Symphonic Power Metal with a secret weapon called Echoes Of Eternity. EOE is truly a WMD (weapon of musical destruction) that will make those who believe this stuff can only come from Finland, Norway or elsewhere check that opinion at the door. This is a super-powered musical force with the stunning Siren Francine Boucher upfront delivering the goods as if her destiny was at stake. Right off the bat the group proves that they are a little different from the existing roster of such bands based on the manner in which the music is delivered. There is a machine gun technical presence where the drumming is concerned and this is perhaps due to Kirk Carrison working in numerous Death Metal projects with guitarist Brandon Patton before they went with the idea of a female led enterprise. The bass work is held down fluidly by Duane Cowan.
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Trail Of Tears @ B.B. King Blues Club (1/20/2008)

This was actually my second show of the Metal Year 2008 and it was rather special since it would not only be Trail Of Tears first time in NYC at this venue, but it was also the chance to see the openers Unexpect, The Agonist and Echoes Of Eternity once again. I had attended shows that they played out before and really dug what they were all about so it would be a nice bonus. Scroll past the logo below to be brought to our article as we’ve commentary and photos from all acts provided for your enjoyment.

Logo - Trail Of Tears

Artist: Trail Of Tears
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: The Agonist, Echoes Of Eternity, Unexpect
Date: 1/20/2008
Label: Napalm Records

It was a brutally cold evening in January when Norway’s Gothic Symphonic Metal sensation Trail Of Tears decided to pay New York City a visit and while the month would generally be chilly around this time of year, we had been experiencing unseasonable warmth in the city until this very day. The wind and chilling temperatures made outside travel unbearable and it was clear to many that the band had brought some of the frigid Norse winds with them for tonight’s trip. The show this evening would be a part of the bands very first journey to this part of the world and “Existentia” is their latest slab of music that comes to us care of Napalm Records. The show would find the band supported by Unexpect, The Agonist, and Echoes Of Eternity so anyone who had seen or heard these bands in the recent past knew right away that it was going to kick a lot of ass from start to finish. From the look of the promotion for the show, it seemed as though Unexpect would start things off once again and be the first band up at a very early point. It also appeared that Echoes Of Eternity would be the direct support for Trail Of Tears as their drummer’s kit was set up as the main kit for TOT to use as well, yet when I arrived I found out that The Agonist would go right before Trail and Echoes would instead follow Unexpect. The downside would be discovered early as the first band would have to go on be at 6:30pm based on the venue hosting an event right after this one. Suddenly the mental tape player in my head started to spin up “Oh Canada” and I knew that this meant Uexpect would be making their way to the stage. The crowd had not really gathered in the venue yet and was rather sparse so as much as I was excited to see this group perform I had hoped for any delay to offer more people the chance to make their way inside.
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EdGuy @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/16/2007)

EdGuy is a lot of fun in concert and this gig was considered a co-headlining appearance with Into Eternity. The show brought along Echoes Of Eternity and Light This City as well and all four bands piqued our interest greatly so we got inside early enough to be able to document it properly. For more information and photos of all the groups just scroll past the logo below.

Logo - EdGuy

Artist: EdGuy
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Into Eternity, Light This City, Echoes Of Eternity
Date: 9/16/2007
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

You know that you are always in for a good time at a concert when it is an event that finds Tobias Sammet and his compatriots in the band Edguy at the center of attention. For over fifteen years they have been dishing out some of the most fun that you could legally have at a Power Metal show and their track record has yet to fail in this regard. Tonight’s event at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill would be the third time that they had appeared at the venue but it would only be their second headlining appearance. Their last trip found them as direct support for Germany’s and Nuclear Blast Records label mates Hammerfall. The guys would be continuing to support their latest release “Rocket Ride” and bring with them the might of Century Media’s Into Eternity along with Light This City and Echoes Of Eternity. It was sure to be one of those nights that you regret the next morning and here is how it happened in case you missed it.
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“The Forgotten Goddess” by Echoes Of Eternity

Artist: Echoes Of Eternity
Title: “The Forgotten Goddess”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 2/20/2007
Genre: Symphonic Gothic Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

Effective immediately the United States is joining its European allies in presenting quality female-fronted Symphonic Power Metal with a secret weapon called Echoes Of Eternity. EOE is truly a WMD (weapon of musical destruction) that will make those who believe this stuff can only come from Finland, Norway or elsewhere check that opinion at the door. This is a super-powered musical force with the stunning Siren Francine Boucher upfront delivering the goods as if her destiny was at stake. Right off the bat the group proves that they are a little different from the existing roster of such bands based on the manner in which the music is delivered. There is a machine gun technical presence where the drumming is concerned and this is perhaps due to Kirk Carrison working in numerous Death Metal projects with guitarist Brandon Patton before they went with the idea of a female led enterprise. The bass work is held down fluidly by Duane Cowan. As I enjoyed EOE I would have to say that the role of “chick singer” is no longer something lamented by bands, as the genre of Melodic Death and Symphonic Operatic has truly taken over a large market share and audience demographic. This is apparent to any eye when one looks at the bands performing today – we have Epica, Tristania, Leaves Eyes and numerous others building a fan base that often staggers the imagination. Its bands like this that also inspires more women to explore this side of their musical talent for the future. On “The Forgotten Goddess”, the listener will find that EOE is a band that seems the master of quick patterns, odd time signature changes and a style that will definitely win over both the Progressive and Technical Metal fans. The blistering speeds at times and passionate melody at others show them worthy of not only sharing the stage with other bands of note but also the ability to run the show – they are not a clone of existing bands but yet a perfect newcomer to the party.
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