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Review: Coventide - Druids of the Eventyr
Druids of the Eventyr

Label: Independent
Year released: 2006
Duration: 28:05
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: October 7, 2006
Reviewed by: Ulysses
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

Although there is not too much to say in this review, I have to say that I am very impressed with the musicianship demonstrated by this Singapore band. Although the demo is entirely instrumental, they still manage to capture incredible atmosphere and deliver very catchy riffs. Coventide are a new band that (as mentioned before), hail from Singapore – And I have to say that if they keep up what they are doing, they'll be going places.

The first track of the demo entitled "The Claw Viper Temple" (Diablo II, anyone?? ) starts off rather smoothly, with catchy Arabic-ish riffs (a la Melechesh, but not as distorted or chunky, but even and heaps more clear and progressive) topped creative keyboard work to add some eccentric melodies to the music. Once the mood was set by the first track (and a good mood it was), I then progress to the second track, "Saved By The Fire". I'm once again damn impressed by their style, and even though they label themselves as "Progressive Black/Death/Gothic/Folk" Metal, I can still imagine this being topped with harsh and melodic vocals of ANY range (which is a hard thing to do!). The third song "The Burning Shield" kicks off with keyboard melodies that remind me of something you'd hear in a "Sonic the Hedgehog" title (yes, a second videogame reference, I'm a geek) yet still manages to maintain that fun groove that was present in the last two songs. Once the keyboards slow down a bit, we're treated by a catchy lead. Afterwards, the keyboards hop back on as the driving force in the song to deliver that deliciously catchy melody.

The last two tracks of the demo maintain the same formula as the rest of the demo with some more variety in keyboard effects. There is nothing wrong with this demo, but if we were to be treated with some vocals and a crisper production, I think I would enjoy this heaps more. I'm going to keep my eye on this band, maybe they'll be introducing something new to Metal if they keep going, I think they have that potential. Well done, Coventide!

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