|Review: Of Infinity - The Essence Of Infinity|
|The Essence Of Infinity|
Year released: 2004
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: April 24, 2005
Reviewed by: Chaossphere
for:The Essence Of Infinity
Rated 1.5/5 (30%) (2 Votes)
OK, that's a rather average rating, and in no way reflects the actual quality of this promo. This is well produced, precisely played and professionally packaged. However, it's also extremely poppy and vapid: as soon as I saw the words "female fronted" on the package I knew there was going be a fair bit of schmaltz involved, and my suspicions were correct. This 3-song demo literally drips sugar and treacle – it's like eating an entire pack of sweets in one sitting. Sure, it's fun at first, but by the time it's half finished you start wondering why you're doing it. It's still metal to be sure – the guitar sound is quite full and there's a decent amount of muscular melodic riffing and some well-composed lead breaks, and at least there's a conspicuous lack of keyboards overpowering all the other instruments. So yeah, it's glossy, somewhat heavy and very, very slick. In short, all the elements which cause me to screw up my face in a "Bah, Lemons!" expression.
As it stands, this band has the potential to go far. They're certainly a pretty bunch, so there's plenty of opportunity to plaster nicely airbrushed pictures of them all over the place, a practice which has done wonders for similarly sugar-coated "chick metal" bands like Lacuna Coil. An entire album of this would sell hundreds-upon-thousands of copies to teenage boys, goths and people who like their metal on the light and fluffy side. It's not like they haven't made an effort already: the demo comes on a pro-pressed CD in a nice glossy purple cardsleeve and a big black folder with a salivating bio full of existing press clips – all of which say essentially the same thing I've said here: this band is going to sell lots of albums blah blah blah. Well, they obviously believe in what they're doing, and objectively speaking they don't come close to sucking. Personally, I'm a Neanderthal and I don't like sappy romantic pap masquerading as metal, so count me out of the list of those who'll be rushing to buy their debut album when it's inevitably released by Century Media or Nuclear Blast kthnxbye.
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