|Review: Eternity's End - The Fire Within|
|The Fire Within|
Label: Evolution Music
Year released: 2016
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: April 6, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:The Fire Within
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)
This is a band who slipped under my radar. Starting out as a more studio project of guitar impresario Christian Munzner—former member of such bands as Civilization One, Spawn of Possession, Necrophagist, and Paradox—Eternity's End enlisted Elegy vocalist Ian Parry to record this, their debut album, and produced a fine slab of slightly proggy metal that should have made a bigger splash than it did.
This is the very definition of "professional", as everything here is clean, sharp, polished, and on the money. The playing borders of virtuosic, the production is powerful but clear, and Parry's vocals are first-class. There are similarities to bands like Symphony X or Elegy, but Eternity's End are nowhere near that progressive, being more in the lands of Germanic crunch and propulsive riffage. Some songs, like "Demonblade" are immediately hooky and aggressive, while some are probably too slick for my taste. If there is a problem with this album, it's that a lot of it is too polished and doesn't have enough grit. Still, this is a good album, and it's a setup for their follow-up, which is even better.
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