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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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Within Temptation @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (9/7/2007)

Within Temptation is an amazing Gothic Metal band from Holland and tonight’s show would be their first headlining go round in the states. We caught them on the “Hot Chicks of Metal” tour a few months ago and should you want to learn more about the show just scroll past the logo below.

Logo - Within Temptation

Artist: Within Temptation
Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: Dear & Departed
Date: 9/7/2007
Label: Roadrunner Records

After their amazing performance on the “Hottest Chicks In Metal” tour, Within Temptation had returned to New York City as they promised and this time around would be the headliner for an evening of Symphonic Gothic Metal at its finest. For that last show they were the direct support for Lacuna Coil and while the Italian Rockers were doing their best to give the crowd a night to remember it seemed very clear that the real shining stars on the tour was Within Temptation. It was no surprise to me for it was the bands first ever US tour and that made the NYC show quite historic as well. You just know you are seeing something special when a band is onstage doing mostly new material that awaits release and manages to keep the audience rocking for every step of the way. Since that incredible night the bands debut on Roadrunner Records has been released and achieved a status of selling some 375,000 copies since it hit the shelves. The band would obviously lean heavily on the new album with the goal to keep this number on the rise and they would bring with them The Dear & Departed as one of their support acts.
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“The Heart Of Everything” by Within Temptation

Artist: Within Temptation
Title: “The Heart Of Everything”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 7/24/2007
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 4/5

For the American fans of the Gothic Metal genre the wait is finally over as Within Temptation arrives with “The Heart Of Everything” – their debut release on Roadrunner Records. The bands presence in this part of the world is long overdue to many, and also might seem a bit too late to capture audiences who have been buried by similar groups over the past few years. Since 1996, the band led by Sharon den Adel has delivered Gothic tasting Metal that blended in well with a Symphonic edge and gave an instant classic status to albums such as “Mother Earth”. Forming in the same year as the Finnish juggernaut Nightwish, these Metal superpowers would lead the pack for Symphonic Operatic Metal and go on to inspire more bands than you could possibly imagine or hope to name in one sitting. One such stateside inspiration is clearly found in Evanescence and this fact makes parts of “THOE” very interesting to listen to as there are some songs on this release with an uncanny similarity in the song composition and groove. The lead single comes in “What Have You Done Now”, a duet of sorts with Keith Caputo, the lead singer of another Roadrunner staple Life Of Agony. It’s a powerful track but has a lot of the same feel that Evanescence had with “Bring Me To Life” – their own blockbuster hit that found the male and female voices performing against one another. There are many who feel the inclusion of Caputo on the debut single for Within Temptation has taken a little of the bands thunder away, and I tend to agree for with an all male band standing with her – Caputo’s presence was not needed at all. If a re-launch of his own career is pending, then it should not come at the cost of the kudos and accolades for this wonderful Melodic Gothic troupe. The US version also gives you an extended version of this same track.
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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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“The Grand Design” by Edenbridge

Artist: Edenbridge
Title: “The Grand Design”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 1/30/2007
Genre: Symphonic Gothic Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Clearly the genre specification for this band is Angelic Bombastic Rock and that is how I first heard Edenbridge described. I have to say that it is pretty close to the mark with the lovely Sabine Edelsbacher and her melodic and soaring vocals that quickly draw you into the style of this band. She has one of the most pure and passionate styles of vocals and while she fronts a Hard Rock outfit she does not pull off any Operatic forays ala Nightwish and Epica. This allows her to stand on her own from these other fine defenders of female-fronted Metal bands and build a fan base of her own. The group is musically masterminded by Lanvall (who handles the guitars and keyboards) and together they form the foundation of the group that was originally begun as a studio project. They are adept at delivering quality sounding Hard Rock that is rich in sound but not over the top enough to lose you as some music of this type is prone to do. The band is rounded out by Frank Bindig (bass) and Roland Navratil (drums) and as a whole you will find that it is all about the big vocals and harmonies (which are quite majestic throughout the release) as well as interesting musical adventures. Listeners will experience this sense of musical adventure during the albums most epic track, the title piece alone as it explores various aspects of melody and is a really wonderful piece when it comes down to it. “Terra Nova” is also an interesting number, as this opener also has some hints of the James Bond theme in it at times. This little teaser of a riff made me smile when I realized that one of the bonus tracks would be the complete surprise treat of “For Your Eyes Only”; a song once made popular by Sheena Easton and used in the Bond film bearing the same name. This is a dead on cover version and not some blistering re-do version using the bands own “vision”. I honestly I prefer when they leave the track alone sometimes and in this case Sabine does a wonderful job of seducing you with her warm vocals. It is a perfect closer to the record.
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