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Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes

01. Novus Inceptum 02. Severe Emotional Distress MP3 03. Nothing 04. Timeless Winter 05. Out 06. A Past Beyond Memory 07. Surrounded By Night 08. Eternal 09. Pain Through Breathing 10. Suspension of Disbelief 11. Paralyzed
2006 Century Media Records
Our score 8


Ever heard of a place called Saskatchewan It's in the Prairies, Canada's equivalent of the Midwest in the States. For many, a place they won't be visiting in their lifetime; the middle-of-nowhere. As a born Canadian, I've heard stories over the years suggesting the place has redeeming qualities as well as ass-backwards attributes. It's country living, so we can assume that it's more ass-backwards than redeeming. But one of its most fascinating exports is Century Media recording artists Into Eternity, an almost cartoonish hybrid of early Florida death metal, modern metalcore, and classic harmonies best associated with the late seventies and early eighties. As young and creative as Into Eternity are, they haven't exactly been Century Media's biggest priority in recent years. Their two previous albums, 2002's Dead or Dreaming and 2003's Buried In Oblivion, have gone under most people's radars. The likelihood is that the label couldn't figure out a way to market a band that pits intricate verses and thrash parts reminiscent of Symbolic and Individual Thought Patterns-era Death against high-pitched, retrograde vocal harmonies that bring to mind epic arena favorites Judas Priest, Dio, Boston, and Europe. But as old rock and metal alike are coming back in a big way, fans and labels are starting to take shrill vocals seriously again, which is a great thing, because on The Scattering of Ashes, Into Eternity continues to take their music very seriously. This is the first album album on which Into Eternity, by virtue of choice, time constraint, or something else, have reduced the spotlight on immense melodic choruses, although I'd be hard pressed to find another band still capable of joining together two very distant brands of metal as well as they do on The Scattering of Ashes. The band's familiar and impressively showcased power metal roots have now begun receding in favor of immediate speeds, with captivating melodies still mainstays albeit ones that linger for shorter time spans. On songs like "A Past Beyond Memory" and the rest of the album from "Eternal" on, Into Eternity fall back on an accessible but nonetheless tight melodic death thrash sound, showcasing Tim Roth's impressive fretboard tapping and Jim Austin's impressive footwork and tempo changes. This aggressive, condensed approach to songwriting relieves the band of continuing to fall under the power metal category as they fully intended to since their inception. With stunning vocal harmonies one of their trademarks, Into Eternity is unlikely to drop the traditional influence altogether, but scaling it back as they've done here will definitely help them appeal to a larger audience. The Scattering of Ashes sees Into Eternity a vastly different lineup from that which recorded Buried Into Oblivion. Former Omega Crom vocalist Stu Block replaces founding frontman Chris Krall, bringing with him a suitcase full of operatic and abrasive voices to layer atop Into Eternity's power death songs, and thus effectively deflating any concerns the band would dissolve following Krall's departure. As on prior albums, primary songwriter and guitarist Tim Roth adds vocal versatility to the band's sound, complementing Block's performance with both clean and death vocals of his own. Even bassist Troy Bleich, replacing Scott Krall, gets in on the singing and growling, but Into Eternity do not play the self-indulgent who-has-smaller-balls style that Avantasia (with countless power metal guests) layed to tape on The Metal Opera. Meanwhile, second guitarist Rob Doherty's exit from Into Eternity's ranks earlier this year has created a vacant second guitar position which (as of this review) is still vacant. Judging by their recent performance opening for Megadeth in Montreal however, the band's live prowess has suffered little in the wake of these drastic, and normally terminal, changes. The Andy Sneap mastering job and Mattias Noren's (Evergrey, Blind Guardian) conceptual art give The Scattering of Ashes the stunning presentation it deserves. Bottom Line: Skid Row are still putting out albums on SPV, so if you want pure hair metal, you know where to find it. Into Eternity are pretty far from that isolated, dated genre although rumor might have led you to believe otherwise. What they continue to do on The Scattering of Ashes is incorporate epic vocal harmonies popularized during the arena parking lot era into an essentially modern speed metal frame, but in a much more integrated fashion than on prior albums. As the band continues to evolve, The Scattering of Ashes shows the band self-assured of their ability to write virtually flawless, cutting-edge heavy metal.


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xBurglarx_ 10/10/2006 4:01:18 PM

first post shit review/gay gluck

dibky_ 10/10/2006 4:03:53 PM

less than 10 seconds in...hahaha no f*cking thanks

anonymous 10/10/2006 5:11:48 PM

i really like this goddamn band, but reading this is ridiculous....again, worst reviewer ever. on a sidenote, i hope this is good as buried in oblivion.

hotaction_ 10/10/2006 5:14:11 PM

a) no where near as good as buried in obilivion b) this gets an 8 and mastodon gets a 6??? c) try again.

scandy_ 10/10/2006 5:32:50 PM

I would have given this the same score. Buried In Oblivion was a 9er. This one's not quite as good, but still better than most of the shit out there.

whitelambpowergoat_ 10/10/2006 6:38:27 PM

i gotta rep for the hometown boys

virtue_ 10/10/2006 7:28:36 PM

why do these gays have to be from where I live?

keepthechange_ 10/10/2006 8:12:49 PM

a) no where near as good as buried in obilivion b) this gets an 8 and mastodon gets a 6??? c) try again. posted by hotaction () on 10/10/2006 5:14:11 PM let me point out that this and mastadon were reviewed by two different people, hence two different opinions you f*cking idiot

vegans_taste_good_ 10/10/2006 8:17:31 PM

the whitesnake vocals were hard to swallow at first. but this is definitly one of the best cds to come out this year.

hotaction_ 10/10/2006 8:25:37 PM

let me point out that this and mastadon were reviewed by two different people, hence two different opinions you f*cking idiot posted by keepthechange () on 10/10/2006 8:12:49 PM then let me point out that i was more disgusted with lambgoat on the whole not the reviewer you f*cking idiot.

Raw_Mike_ 10/10/2006 8:47:54 PM

Awesome band. Don't knock Saskatchewan, Gluck. It's the home of RAW MIKE!

atab_joey_bishop_ 10/10/2006 11:10:12 PM

the cd grew on me, 8 is high though, but the previous CDs were stellar...

Lohan_ 10/11/2006 12:19:18 AM

THIS BAND IS THE MOTHERf*ckING SHIT!!! Seem em live twice and they just get better with every release!!!

Gluck's a Faggot_ 10/11/2006 1:33:19 AM

this band has always sucked and Gluck is a stupid son of a bitch that like awful music and has the grammar skills of a slow (on his best day) 8 year old. Lambgoat fire this pssy.

nice_ 10/11/2006 9:29:15 AM

gluck's a gay must have been in the same grammar class as dr. gluck himself. i prefer into another.

smokeoutloud_ 10/11/2006 9:31:46 AM

what the f*ck was that sample? is this what their sound is? shitgimmickc-ckmastervocals. Wow this is really just bad, i guess the instruments sound ok but the vocals ruin any good points about it. eight may be a stretch dude, lol, really

Mike_ 10/11/2006 12:38:07 PM

For someone who grew up on DEP, your opinion is highly predictable. Ever heard of Judas Priest, the founder of all things heavy metal? Didn't think so.

Raw_Mike_ 10/11/2006 12:55:21 PM

Virtue's a douchebag.

Aaron_ 10/11/2006 2:03:15 PM

These guys were pretty solid at Gigantour. The Bruce Dickinson-style vocals can be a little off-putting at first, but they add an interesting element to what is otherwise some pretty extreme technical music. I am interested in hearing the album after seeing them play a pretty impressive live set.

burzum_ 10/11/2006 3:08:06 PM

IE is a talented band, those vocals just catch you off guard. i like their stuff ok. It's more than i can say for Mastodon which are good musicians but kinda boring and have always been a disinterest to me.

Mastodon_ 10/11/2006 3:19:49 PM

It's true, we suck.

Severed In Two_ 10/11/2006 3:47:14 PM

Into Eternity f*cking PWNz0rz.

Used to be_ 10/12/2006 9:16:49 AM

YA i used to live in regina but then i moved to ottawa... BEST THING EVER! praires are so f*cking boring

Matt_ 10/12/2006 7:09:45 PM

"an almost cartoonish hybrid of early Florida death metal, modern metalcore, and classic harmonies best associated with the late seventies and early eighties" Did you actually listen to this CD, or are you just stealing this line from an equally uninformed reviewer. There is not a trace of metalcore, and to call this cartoonish implies that it is some sort of Mr. Bungle-esque band. That said, I found this album rather bland compared to "Buried in Oblivion." Six out of ten at best.

anonymous 10/15/2006 12:49:27 AM

repping regina sask, f*ck yeah

fuckindians_ 10/16/2006 9:07:22 AM