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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

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 5, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Our Fellowship Eternal

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 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.

Track Listing:
  1. Shadows mind
  2. Our fellowship eternal
  3. Forgetting
  4. Hell and torment
  5. Stranger
  6. Green water
  7. One path
  8. Unknown tears
  9. God and man
  10. Burning away
  11. Torn from within
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