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Review: Core Device - Our Fellowship Eternal
Core Device
Our Fellowship Eternal

Label: Independent
Year released: 2004
Duration: 55:06
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: January 5, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Damn.. I don't know what to do with this. This album is kind of all over the place. It took me a while to realise that it remembers me a bit of Nevermore (especially several vocal parts), but with a lot more - like I said, it's all over the place. The vocals are interesting: The vocalist is quite diversified in style and ranges from very, very melodic to depressive, to up-beat and then downright aggressive, even growling a bit here and there. That alone makes this a very busy album. I must point out that while he is very versatile, the result is a bit hit and miss, as he doesn't excel in every style - sometimes it's a bit amateurish, bordering on the annoying but not quite getting there. But overall he does a great job.

Musically this is a bit like a mix of heavy metal, power and doom - nice mix, if not confusing in the end. :) From power ballads to aggressive speedsters, this is as varied as the vocal work. Despite the variety, the whole album flows pretty well altogether; They somehow managed to make all this stuff make sense. :) Some of the songs are very addictive, thanks to some catchy riffs and solos (a couple of the solos almost lift me off my chair.) There are a few chug-chug riffs that annoyed me a bit at first, but there aren't many to begin with, and with time they're greatly overshadowed by the rest of the guitar work.

This is quite a unique debut that showcases the band's potential, which I think I can safely say is great. There are some rough edges, mostly on the vocal side, but nothing that's a show stopper. One more band to keep an eye on. With such a debut I don't think they'll be label-less for long.

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