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A More Honest Release - 94%

FOrbIDen, February 16th, 2011

The American progressive/thrash metal band "Echoes of Eternity" came out with their second album "As Shadows Burn", in 2009, which I was not verry excited about listening to after listening to their debut "The Forgotten Goddess". "The Forgotten Goddess" was straight up terrible, the guitars sounded like a deeper version of nails on a chalkboard, and the vocals were layered with tons of special effects. But that was then and this is now, and what a turn around for this band. The guitar tone is much better and take more leads, and Francine Boucher's vocals are more honest and more out going, also this release is heavier with double bass drums, and shot-gun drumming.

The opening song "Ten of Swords", is probably the weakest song on the album, that takes things slower, which allows room to grow, while other albums put the best songs up front, and the album just gets worse. The third track "Memories of Blood and Gold" is verry heavy on shot-gun drumming and has some sort of foreign influence, that I can't really put my finger on, it might be Middle Eastern, but probably not. The best track on the album is the fifth song "Descent of a Blackened Soul" is calmer during the first part of the song, but than starts with a faster more exciting drive.

The next song "Twilight Fires" is darker and has an ominous touch to it ,it also has a suprise back up vocalist, who does a powerful scream. Then the eighth song, "Letalis Deus", is more high pitched and misterious, which leads to the final track "Funeral In the Sky", which is a seven minute long instrumental that is just as heavy and fast paced as any other song on this album. The second album by "Echoes of Eternity" is heavier, more melodic, and more real sounding.

Highlights: Memories of Blood and Gold, Descent of a Blackened Soul, Twilight Fires, Letalis Deus.