Though I've had listening experience with France's Spheric Universe Experience and their 2009 release Unreal, I passed it off to my son to review. However, I'm not entirely sure why. Perhaps, it's because, as he said, the variation between songs was suspect.
I'm not sure I would draw the same conclusion with this year's The New Eve. This is definitely a progressive metal album, notable on the first three songs at the start, and elsewhere. Yet listening to Never Heal and The Day I Died, I think I hear some modern alternative rock undercurrents. If anything has a modern metal feel it's Self Abuse with a touch of growling vocals. But that could simply be me searching hard for the dissimilarity between arrangements. If you're not careful, the riffage will run together, which is the exact thing that tripped up my son three years ago.
Strangely, I found the two less technical songs, Angel and My Heart on the Cross, to be the most interesting, entertaining, and accessible. Both are subtle, but also soaring, more like melodic metal anthems or ballads. In the end, The New Eve is best given at least two spins for appreciation, as there is much to explore. However, for some Spheric Universe Experience' The New Eve could be a split decision between an acquired taste and an intriguing listening experience.Tweet