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Artist:

Into Eternity

Album:

The Scattering of the Ashes

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: Century Media
Genre: [Technical Metal/Emo/Melodic Death Metal/Progressive Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 7.5


Of course someone had to do it - blending emo, death metal and technical metal into cohesive one just sounds too appealing to bypass. Canadian Into Eternity does this with prowess, and they blend in quite a few other genres as well. People keep labeling them as progressive metal, which in a way suits them well, as the group tries to push the boundaries. Nonetheless, I'd rather call their music a fusion of melodic death and technical metal along with emo voicings. Their fourth album "The Scattering of the Ashes" shows maturity and good judgment regarding songstructures. Nonetheless, at times the listener is stunned by some weaker sections just to find out those parts are always followed by really catchy music leaving the listener perplexed.

I believe most fans of this group are wondering how the group's new vocalist Stu Block delivers, so I'll throw in one word to describe his voice "dynamic". It works really well within the context of the songs, and adds to band's diversity. Overall, the quality of material on the Scattering of the Ashes is at times really good, but unfortunately the album suffers from slight inconsistency every now and then. Each member of the band has a high level of musicianship, and it definitely shows as the playing on this record is really tight.

Andy Sneap (Nevermore, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage along with many others) handled the production on this record. The sounds are slightly cold, which is a shame since warmness is something I would have loved to hear on this record. However, I must admit that the sonic offering is quite to the point - though, the mix could have been a bit more balanced (bass got buried in the mix). All in all, Into Eternity's The Scattering of the Ashes is a good record that should appeal to most open-minded metal listeners.

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- MAGE (October 12th, 2006)



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LINE-UP:
Roth, Tim: Lead & Death Vocals, Guitar
Block, Stu: Lead & Clean Vocals
Bleich, Troy: Bass
Austin, Jim: Drums & Percussion
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Sneap, Andy
Mastering by: Sneap, Andy
TRACKLIST:
Into Eternity - The Scattering of the Ashes  CD  Cover Image
01. Novus Inceptum
02. Severe Emotional Distress
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

Length: 41:22
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