Ephel Duath
The Painter's Palette


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
February 28th, 2005 | 37 replies | 10,174 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Ephel Duath are unique, to put it lightly. Their drummer is an old jazz player who has no previous experience in metal. Their bassist is a progressive virtuoso. Their clean vocalist likes to imitate Jeff Buckley, while their other vocalist pumps out screams that would work in both extreme metal or hardcore bands. They use trumpets and synthesisers. But it isn't just their instrumentation and members that makes them unique, it's also their sound. This is certainly one of the most unique bands to come out of Italy in a long time. Approach them with an open mind.

Ephel Duath are:

David Tiso - Guitar, Songwriting
Fabbio Fecchio - Bass
Luciano Lusso George - Screamed Vocals
Davide Piocesan - Drums
Maurizio Scomparin - Trumpet
David Tolme - Clean Vocals

http://www.ephelduath.net/images/gallery/eph6b.jpg

Online: www.ephelduath.net

Ephel Duath's album is one of the wierdest metal albums to come out in a long time (though it is easily accessible). Mixing styles like black metal, hardcore, jazz, hip-hop, post-rock and even elements of classical, it would be easy for this album to come out as a terrible mess. However, the album works very well and what's more, it flows together as a concept album. While there are plenty of laid cack grooves on the album, there is just as much ferocious energy being unleashed.

Not only does "The Painter's Palette" deliver in the experimentation department, as well as the musicianship department, it also delivers in the songwriting department. Founding member and guitarist, David Tiso handles all of the songwriting duties and it is clear that his songwriting has come a long way since the first demo, "Opera". After giving this album a few solid listens, it will become clear to the listener that Tiso is a brilliant, brilliant person. The way he mixes his styles and makes them flow as if it is the way the songs are meant to sound, is incredible.

The album kicks into it with the track "The Passage". The song starts with some clean jazzy guitar parts. Just when the listener starts to kick back and groove to the song, a heavy distorted guitar riff and a very jazzy trumpet over the top. As soon as the listener gets into that part of the song, it cuts out again. This time, Luciano starts screaming "I've a thousand ways to ruin all!!!". After listening to this track, the listener starts to get an idea of what they will experience in listening to this album. This album isn't just jazz influenced like some of the band's peers, this album is a true fusion of jazz and metal. Every aspect of this album is excellent. Ephel Duath have managed to release a near masterpiece. All that is needed is open minded listeners.

Pros

- Totally unique and extremely interesting
- Great musicianship, especiallu from the trumpet and bass
- Perfect vocals
- Great to both headbang to and sit back and tap your feet

Cons

- Screaming will put people off, even though half of the album is unscreamed
- Jazzy parts may put off metalheads

Reccomended Tracks

The Passage (watch the video at the band's website)
Praha
Labyinthine

FINAL RATING: 4.3/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Distorted Vision
February 28th 2005



184 Comments


Awesome album, good review.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 1st 2005



2125 Comments


Thanks dude

FillInTheBlankHere___
March 20th 2005



64 Comments


Awesome band, I really need to order this CD.

3rdplanet
April 7th 2005



46 Comments


This band have really started to grown on me. The ecclectic sounds are what I'm diggin' lately. Great review.

"cack grooves"

Dancin' Man
April 9th 2005



719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh. Em. Gee. This album wins. This is my favorite album of the moment.

Mr Benners
April 14th 2005



20 Comments


I saw them live supporting Dillinger in Brighton.
Bloody weird is all I can say. I only have "The Passage" from a Kerrang CD, but I'm rediscovering it now my tastes have evolved... AND ITS ACE!

The trumpet player is so funny live. Just stands back and jumps around for like half the song until he's needed. And they wore shiny tuxedos lol...

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 17th 2005



2125 Comments


Damn I would love to see them live.

And Med...you forgot Gory Blister...

LivingZen
November 17th 2005



13 Comments


I absolutely loved this album. It is one of my favorite metal albums of all time, especially with "The Unpoetic Circle" and "Labyrinthine" being so tight. (Plus the bass solo in Labyrinthing blows my mind every time)

Good review also.

asheroth
November 19th 2005



130 Comments


Hmm, sounds interesting. *streams and listens*

OK, so Passage is one of the coolest things I've ever heard. Definitely need to check these guys out further.

Justanothernimrod
November 19th 2005



478 Comments


Stunning band, album. nice review

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 19th 2005



2125 Comments


They have a new album coming out. Or maybe it's already out.

Reywas
November 19th 2005



148 Comments


Yes it's called Pain Necessary To Know.It was in the daily upload not too long ago.Not sure if it's out out though.This Message Edited On 11.19.05

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 19th 2005



2125 Comments


Apparently it's really good from the review I read on metal archives.

Robert Crumb
Emeritus
November 21st 2005



165 Comments


I think I'll look into this album. It's not my thing at all but it sounds interesting.

the2stranger
November 21st 2005



130 Comments


this album rocks
no need to listen to all kinds of cds, this cd has so many genres on it, it's insane.
but so well done

good job Br3ad

Arrakakaka
November 22nd 2005



685 Comments


I need tabs from these guys. Badly.

Jawaharal
November 22nd 2005



1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album has always been a favorite of mine.

TemperamentalGoat
December 7th 2005



87 Comments


I like Labyrhinthine in particular. what a quirky, weird ass album. I love it.

Blindguardian
December 7th 2005



186 Comments


Nice review
I haven't heard anything off this, but I heard the song 'Pleonasm' off one of those samplers that comes with Terrorizer. It was interesting, the juxtaposition of different tempos and levels of aggression. There's this neat clean, almost Opeth like, guitar, which is promptly annihilated by a much harder edged bit. Good stuff.This Message Edited On 12.07.05

Pure_Sex_Metal
April 24th 2006



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The newer album is... different, to say the least. Even more different, actually. Songs sort of blend into each other, and they pretty much did away with major song structures. The Clean vox are almost gone tho, and the album has more instrumental sections than parts with singing.

It still kicks ass.. but you just need to acclimate yourself to it.



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