Into Eternity - _The Scattering of Ashes_
(Century Media, 2006)
by: Kostas Sarampalis (
The Canadian quartet that is Into Eternity had already warranted my
attention with their second release _Dead or Dreaming_ and impressed
me with the brilliant follow up _Buried in Oblivion_. With a revamped
line-up and a new singer, they manage to progress and expand on their
technical abilities and produce an album of whirlwind fast melodic
metal that spans several genres.Into Eternity play a mixture of extremely technical metal with a
concoction of death, thrash and progressive elements that defy
categorization. Think Dream Theater on a death twist. On opener
"Severe Emotional Distress", which is probably the most memorable and
catchy song of the album, the band offers the full range of their
repertoire, with a constant barrage of guitar rhythms and a solo that
sticks to the mind. _The Scattering of Ashes_ is a surprisingly hard
hitting and intense album, with constant solos and a variety of vocals
ranging from harsh death to clean and even Halford-like wails at
points. The rhythm section of bass and drums follows the lead guitars,
filling in and supporting the onslaught.With a crystal clear production, the music is a bit tighter this time
around compared to the previous release. The songs flow into one
another and all follow similar structures and patterns. Perhaps the
only issue I can see with this is that there are no clear highlights
in the songs, except for the individual solos that paint each one,
giving an individual hue and an identity to the songs. Thankfully the
album is on the short side, clocking in around the 41 minute mark, so
by no means does it get repetitive or boring. There is a change of
tempo towards the middle of the second half, mellowing down in
"Surrounded by Night", which provides the listener with a welcome
break to the intensity.I wouldn't want to compare Into Eternity with any other bands, as they
are individual enough to stand on their own ground. Some might get a
tad annoyed by the more wail-like vocals, but personally I think they
fit the music nicely and have their part in each song they feature in.
With supreme technical ability and plenty of songwriting skill, my
only wish for their next album is a bit more variety in their songs
and tempo. Otherwise, I am sure _The Scattering of Ashes_ will please
even the most demanding listener.
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