Eternal Deformity
Frozen Circus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
May 17th, 2008 | 34 replies | 5,764 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to the Frozen Circus, you'll never want to leave.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I just want to state right now that circuses freak me out. The annoying, repetitive carnival music that is played in the background, the way they try to be grand and epic while you can quite clearly see that there is a balding man smoking just behind the curtain, and don’t get me started on the ‘luring kids in with colourful masked faces’ thing. If there was one thing I didn’t expect this sort of atmosphere to be used in, it was metal, but Eternal Deformity have done it, and it works like a charm.

They take the grandiose of the circus and use it in their compositions, they take the dramatic flair and represent it with huge dynamic shifts in volume and power and they also lure you in with catchy melodies and absurdly bouncy riffs. Take away this theme which some would call a gimmick though and you will find that the band also display a sense of maturity, an understanding of progression and when the circus act is toned down, they can also be very sincere. Tracks like Lovelorn and Unholy Divine are beautiful and heartfelt, while other songs like The Force of Your Heart and Thors Message are playful and epic in without being completely over the top.

The entire album plays out almost completely like a circus performance. With the opening song being the set-up, the second an absolutely huge bombastic opener and the third a continuation of that, only being slowed down and performed with less need to impress. Every song has its own tempo and each one is completely individual, with different aspects being introduced all the time. The female vocals in Unholy Divine and the almost prog-death riffing of So Silent only appear occasionally, and the band never overuse anything which keeps the listener interested throughout. It is this willingness to experiment and the lack of boundaries which makes The Frozen Circus such an enjoyable listen, completely unique in its execution and delivery.

Like every album though, it isn’t perfect. The middle is significantly weaker than both the start and ending, which might have you losing interest at that part. Fortunately though, the final three songs are some of the best on the album, and are guaranteed to leave a good impression on you. Indeed, Endless Night is a wonderful example of the band’s sound, with quiet moments, grand parts and even several brilliant melodic leads throughout. Truly a brilliant composition when it all comes together, finishing with an amazing solo and leaving you stunned. That would have made a terrific ending to the album, but no, Eternal Deformity had something else up their sleeve.

At over seven minutes Lovelorn is truly the pinnacle of the band’s sound. Taking on a serene atmosphere, they lose all the child’s play of the circus and just play their hearts out, set on leaving a lasting impression on you before you leave the circus. Everything comes in here at the end, violins, amazing acoustic touches, spectacular vocals and breathtaking melodies. When you look back at the album, that is the song you remember, and you also wonder why they couldn’t make a few more songs of that sort of quality. It outshines every song with ease, not to say that anything on the album is bad, no, Lovelorn is just that good.

In general, Eternal Deformity’s style and sound is very hard to pin down. They can mix a very heavy guitar performance with melancholic clean vocals easily, and vice versa, resulting in a blend of heaviness and melancholy that the band perfect throughout the course of the album. The guitarists form a very solid base for this circus act, with brilliant solo’s and proficient riffing which can be either formulaic (not in a bad way) or very melodic (in a very good way) depending on what emotion the song is portraying. The variance in the sound is mostly because of the keyboards though, which can either use epic synth passages or mesmerizing playful passages (check out Endless Night for a perfect example of this) which can turn the atmosphere from epic to cheeky at the drop of a hat.

So, you’ve visited the circus. Been blown away by the bombastic beginnings and amazed by the sheer brilliance of the ending. Sure, it’s not something you will want to visit every day, but when it comes down to it, it is a truly unique thing. One which deserves every ounce of attention it gets



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Crimson
April 11th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally got round to doing this, not sure about the quality of the review, but it was the best that I could do. Criticism is appreciated, as always.

BallsToTheWall
April 11th 2008



44164 Comments


Awesome review, probaly the coolest band you've done in my opinion. The myspace song is fuckin balls and I plan to buy this when I have money.

combustion07
April 11th 2008



5343 Comments


Sweet I just ordered this.

hermitspancho
April 11th 2008



278 Comments


I listened to Lovelorn and it was ok, until near the end, when the circus crap kicked in. Reminded me of an organ grinder without the distraction of a monkey.




Crimson
April 11th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You would not like the rest of the album, Lovelorn is the least 'Circus' track out of the bunch.This Message Edited On 04.11.08

Poet
April 11th 2008



5922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The myspace song is ****in balls


lol, so true Balls.

Since money is always an issue with me, I will download this. Lovelorn is an absolute monster of a track and I love it.

hermitspancho
April 11th 2008



278 Comments


Ironically I paused Orakle by Island to play the myspace track, Now thats an album I like!

HighandDriving
April 11th 2008



3281 Comments


You always pump out quality reviews Crimson.
So now I gotta check these guys out now.

rasputin
April 11th 2008



14538 Comments


Nice review. I'm unsure of whether I'd like these guys. Are they any similar to Sigh on Hangman's Hymn?

jrowa001
April 11th 2008



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awesome review. another band i gotta look into, ill check them out tonight since i have some other music to look for first. i gotta say Crimson, you have shown me some really good metal as of late

AngelPhoenix
April 11th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nother sweet review Crimson, good job. Their myspace track was tight, definitely gonna check this out.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2008



16309 Comments


Great review, just don't bold the track names, it looks odd to me now. This band sounds sorta strange.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

willfellmarsy
April 12th 2008



3849 Comments


I actually like when the track names are bold
Anyway Crimson i think you need to stop writing reviews. I m so backed up with albums i need due to your reviews that i want to cry.
Seriously tho...awesome review and i will definately be checkin out these guys...keep up the good work my man.

Crimson
April 12th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. I'm unsure of whether I'd like these guys. Are they any similar to Sigh on Hangman's Hymn?
oooh, nice shout, they are very similar (on some songs) but are still very different, if there was a group of bands I was to put them with Sigh would be among them. They play the same sort of Avant-garde metal, but instead of the thrash influence they have a large gothic influence.
just don't bold the track names
Only reason I do this is for people who have the album, they can look for mentions of specific songs and find them easily, if there are other people who don't like the bold-ness just comment about it and I'll get rid of it.
Anyway Crimson i think you need to stop writing reviews.
I'm on a reviewing binge right now. Never used to write them this fast.

willfellmarsy
April 12th 2008



3849 Comments


Keep going man...awesome stuff.

Metalikane
April 12th 2008



851 Comments


This is pretty decent. It definitely has some great moments, but the Little 15 cover is a little weird.

Crimson
April 13th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually quite liked the Little 15 cover, mostly for the second half and ending.

rasputin
April 13th 2008



14538 Comments


oooh, nice shout, they are very similar (on some songs) but are still very different, if there was a group of bands I was to put them with Sigh would be among them. They play the same sort of Avant-garde metal, but instead of the thrash influence they have a large gothic influence.

hmm, okay. I listened to the track Lovelorn on their myspace, and it was pretty good. I may give the band a shot.

jrowa001
April 14th 2008



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i checked this out last night. wasnt as good as i had hoped but i still liked it. might give it a 3, but for now a 3.5 fits

AngelPhoenix
April 19th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid review Crimson.
I like this very much actually, was expecting it to be kind of all over the place, but it's actually quite focused and intuitive. 3.5-4 for me.



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