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I've heard a lot of debut albums, specially from the greatest bands of metal (Nightwish, Therion, Aesma Daeva, Dimmu Borgir, After Forever, etc.), and I must admit it: this debut album is one of the best of all time, sharing the throne with Lunatica's "Atlantis".
Differently from other bands, that make experimental debut albums, Visions of Atlantis showed its real style since the beginning, in a way the next album, "Cast Away", could never reach. Musically and lyrically, only "Trinity" can be honorably compared to this album.
"Eternal Endless Infinity" is close to perfection wherever it's looked from. The cover art, showing an amazing sunset on a beautiful beach, it's... magic. Beauty in its pure form.
Now, let's talk about the music. The album includes 10 songs, each one completely different from the other ones. A balance of orchestral music and electronic-like sounds never seen until the release of the album is also featured. The lyrics are written in an old-modern English language, making the album even more interesting (maybe because many of the best songs of symphonic metal are written in the same language, structure and style). Also, Nicole's voice really shined with this album. Those days were like a dream, a golden dream that has shattered twice during the history of the band (once with the release of "Cast Away", and the other one with the surprising departure of Melissa Ferlaak before the crucial Trinity US tour with Kamelot).
Most of the songs are outstanding, but the ones I personally recommend are "Lovebearing Storm", "Mermaid's Wintertale", "Atlantis, Farewell..." and, of course, the best and the longest song of the album, "Eclipse".
"Eternal Endless Infinity" could become true thanks to the talent of Master Chris Kamper, who had Mario Plank's place in the band back then. I think Chris' voice and Mario's voice are pretty similar and very talented. Also, they're both excellent composers. However, all good things someday come to an end, this case it ended with Chris' departure. This particular departure is regrettable until today, and it drastically changed Visions of Atlantis: Nicole's voice didn't harmonize with the band anymore, and the lyrics became simpler. And if you don't believe me, just listen to "Cast Away".
Conclusion: "Eternal Endless Infinity" is an excellent album. It fulfilled its duties as a debut album, and it also fulfilled another task that wasn't originally planned: the one of becoming one of the best debut albums ever released.