Eternity's End is the creation of guitarist Christian Muenzner (Alkaloid, Necrophagist, Obscura,Paradox) and includes ex-members from some of those bands. Of greater interest is who he recruited for lead vocals, none other than Ian Parry, notable for his work with Elegy and his own Consortium Project. In this same month Parry, released another solo project Ian Parry's Rock Emporium. You can read the Dangerdog Review of Society Of Friends. But we consider Eternity's End's debut album The Fire Within in this review.
The intent of Muenzner was to develop a melodic power metal band, with prog nuance,s as a platform for his significant neo-classical guitar skills. He's succeeded. As for the power metal, the songs within are from the start quick and raging. Strong riffage and a bullet train greet you head on. After this, what follows are numerous, equally raging and fiery, guitar solos from Muenzner. Literally, there's very few slow songs here, no real metal anthems or ballads. The Dark Tower turns back the tempo some, even has some light guitar work at the start, but it's the exception not the rule in Muenzner's power metal formula. To be fair, there is a brief acoustic segue within The Fall Of The House Of Usher, but it's slight.
Of interest and some significant, there's also quite a bit of solos from keyboard player Jimmy Pitts (The Fractured Dimension, Spastic Ink). He's not merely reduced to atmospheric or symphonic embellishment, something all too common in power metal. As for Parry, he gets to switch from the hard rock singer of his latest solo album to the raging, near screamo yet still in control, heavy metal singer ala Consortium Project. Suffice to say, by way of conclusion, if you liked any of the descriptions above, notably galloping power metal and neo-classical guitar work, you will certainly enjoy Eternity's End's The Fire Within.
If you like raging and galloping power metal and an abundance of neo-classical guitar shredding, you will certainly enjoy Eternity's End's The Fire Within.
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