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Gothic Metal with a Folk twist - 96%

ruigeroeland, February 4th, 2009

Evenoire is an Italian Gothic Metal band which formed in 2006. The EP “I Will Stay” was released in 2008 and is the bands debut release. The bands style is Gothic Metal for the most part, but they incorporate various other influences in their music, Symphonic and Folk being the most prominent. The band itself cites Therion, Within Temptation, After Forever, The Gathering and Blackmore's Night as influences, so that should give you a rough idea of what to expect.

The first track of the EP, “Azzurrina” kicks of with a short a-tonal instrumental intro (which has a certain creepy quality to it) before the song really takes off. The song starts out almost Doom Metal slow but speeds up later on. The song consists of some nice riffs (both distorted and acoustic) and has some nice surprises like a flute melody popping up halfway and a short burst of organ sounds near the end of the song. The second song, which is also the shortest on the EP, starts out with acoustic guitars accompanied by vocals. At first, the listener expects it to be a ballad, but distorted guitars and a up tempo keyboard melody kick in after a while, making it a full blown metal song. Of note is the great guitar lead that closes the track and sets the stage for the third song “Aries”. This song again starts in Doom Metal territory with a chugging riff and a melancholic keyboard and flute melody. Best song on the EP in my opinion.

Closing and title track of the EP “I Will Stay” differs quite much from the preceding songs. This track starts out as a pure folk song which could indeed easily have been a Blackmore’s Night track. Make no mistakes though, because the band gradually builds to a Gothic/Folk Metal hybrid passage with some impressive operatic vocals.

The vocals are handled by Lisy who manages to alternate between typical gothic vocal styles like ethereal and operatic, and powerful or even aggressive passages. She is very capable at pulling off all these styles, but she excels in the powerful passages. Next to her vocal duties, she is also the person responsible for the flute melodies mentioned earlier.

The production is quite good for an independent release.

Let’s hope a label notices the band. Based on this release they certainly deserve the attention.