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Prepare For Into Eternity’s “North American Devastation” 2012

I’m going to continue to show some touring love whenever possible via the PiercingMetal Musings blog, and this is going to especially be the case when it comes to bands that I consider a part of my own Metal Family. The band Into Eternity and I go back as far as to months before I had officially launched the PiercingMetal.com site and after seeing them in action on numerous occasions I came to consider them Brothers in Metal.

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“Fukushima” (Single) by Into Eternity

Artist: Into Eternity
Title: “Fukushima” (Single)
Label: Independent Artist
Release Date: 2/15/2012
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Rating: 5/5

It’s been about six months or so since I discussed any Into Eternity music with you and for those who might not have seen it, a quick review was penned for the track “Sandstorm” that you can examine on THIS LINK. Since that time the band has gone through a few more changes and the biggest would be the addition of new lead singer Amanda Kiernan to their ranks in place of longtime vocalist Stu Block. This tune “Fukushima” is focused on the nuclear disaster that happened in Japan not too long ago and while it’s a heavy topic for sure, that is something that made this Metal band great. Their tunes were always putting a lot of work into their themes. Here we go with some thoughts on the tune.
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“Sandstorm” (Single) by Into Eternity

Artist: Into Eternity
Title: “Sandstorm” (Single)
Label: Independent Artist
Release Date: 7/25/2011
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

You might have been wondering if you were ever going to hear from the Progressive Death Metal band Into Eternity again since it’s been quite a while since any new music have come from their side of the fence. To be honest, a three-year break in material isn’t THAT long but given the speed in which these growing Social Networks are taking over our time it can be a lifetime. The band is now doing this on their own without any support from a label and seems to no longer be associated with Century Media Records and while they welcomed drummer Brian Newbury to the fold, it seems as though singer Stu Block has joined Iced Earth as their new singer. Block is featured on this track so perhaps he is able to do both groups. Let’s go over the tune.
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“The Scattering Of Ashes” by Into Eternity

Artist: Into Eternity
Title: “The Scattering Of Ashes”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 10/3/2006
>Genre: Progressive Black Metal
Rating: 5/5

Into Eternity’s new album is finally here and I am amazed that they were able to find time to record it for the band has been on tour almost non-stop, with the exception of an early 2006 pause to hammer this release out. Many supporters of the Metal effort realize this because the band had opened for a literal who’s who in Metal since late 2004. “Buried By Oblivion” was the focus at most of these appearances and now with “The Scattering Of Ashes” we find them taking the next step in their musical journey. The group had a couple of lineup shifts and this recording finds original drummer Jim Austin returning to the fold and providing insane levels of percussive expression to the album. All guitar shredding is handled by Tim Roth who is showing more and more that he is probably the new shooting star on the horizon. His technical displays on the axe are dizzying to listen to, and just try to figure what he is doing in concert. Bassist Troy Bleich firmly holds this all together while also offering some of the needed Black Metal growls as well as harmonies for you see Into Eternity is not a band that sticks to one form. Instead they choose to mix it up quite a bit and this album shows that their recording return has a purpose and a renewed focus on pushing the expected limits. Traditional views on how one can deliver Progressive Black Metal go right out a the window here and songs like “A Past Beyond Memory” blister by you yet slow down enough to have an almost Classical music feel to it. “Surrounded By Night” begins with something more akin to Kansas than a Metal group before it takes off to the skies. Kudos have to go to lead singer Stu Block who while a member of the band in the touring sense for some time, has never recorded with them until this album.
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