Into Eternity
The Incurable Tragedy


1.5
very poor

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
August 25th, 2008 | 118 replies | 20,046 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Incurable Album

The Incurable Tragedy is the fifth release by the Canadian progressive/melodic death metal quintet known as Into Eternity. Through the years, Into Eternity has begun the ascent to notoriety and popularity. Before they get ahead of themselves, Into Eternity has to overcome the disaster sought in The Incurable Tragedy. Folks, this may take a while to fix.

The basis of The Incurable Tragedy is the depressing concept of a man dealing with the struggles of cancer. Indeed, you are thinking the same thing; this is an excellent topic to headbang to. Ugh. Seriously though, any actual emotional impact is taken away when Into Eternity’s obnoxious growls coupled with dense metal riffs take over. The combination of the topic and music flirts with becoming morbidly ironic. After all, I have a hunch that their album will not be featured at any Relay for Life events or on Lance Armstrong’s ‘recently played’ list. Regardless, I will give Into Eternity credit with their attempts to patch their lack of emotion. The quick fix is featured in “The Incurable Tragedy I,” “The Incurable Tragedy II,” and “The Incurable Tragedy III.” Even so, it provides a petty attempt in order appear somewhat emotional with such a technical wankfest of an album.

Musically, a heartbeat begins The Incurable Tragedy in the splendid acoustical track “Prelude to Woe,” which at the time was a sign of life. After “Prelude to Woe,” the album loses itself. The flow of the album is instantly decimated with following track, “Tides of Blood.” It is the marquee song to start the disjointed riffs and awkward passages exuded in this progressive metal train wreck. Beyond that, tracks sound like slight rip-offs of one another like the intros of “Diagnosis Terminal” and “Tides of the Blood.” The small technicalities like that are what make Into Eternity such an enigma with their songwriting. One major quirk is headache resonating from the double bass. My mind was racing trying to piece together every musical segment and trying to make sense of it all, but in the end, it never stuck together. The only cohesive unit is found in “The Incurable Tragedy” series of songs that are decent, but a tad forced trying to produce that ‘epic’ ballad sound. Then there are the vocals...

Among harmonies, growls, and screams found in The Incurable Tragedy, I am not impressed by any style utilized. Mikael Akerfeldt, of Opeth fame, sounds like a vocal God in comparison. It is hard to describe the horror heard on The Incurable Tragedy, but it is cringe-worthy. The growls sound like any ordinary high school death metal singer, the higher-pitched screams are witch-like, and the harmonies become boring after the third song. It is a total and complete vocal travesty.

Into Eternity’s vapid release, The Incurable Tragedy, fails on so many different levels that it really is not worth talking about. I can confidently say The Incurable Tragedy has been the worst listening experience this year. Between the pseudo-epic songs and poorly executed concept, the album is a grave disappointment. Hey, maybe their luck will turn the sixth time around.



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Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF (2.5)
While not an awful release, The Incurable Tragedy still proves the technical proficiency of Into Ete...

Jorn van Schaïk (1.5)
Whose idea was this and why didn't anyone say STOP before it was released?...

A7XEric (3)
The Incurable Tragedy is never as bad as the album title alludes it to be, but surely this is the fi...


Comments:Add a Comment 
IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 25th 2008



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Have fun:
http://www.myspace.com/officialintoeternity

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2008



17920 Comments


i do not appreciate the subtle swipe at mikael akerfeldt!

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 25th 2008



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I appreciate him a lot more after this album, not even going to lie.

AngelPhoenix
August 25th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a fairly well written review but damn man I don't think it's THAT bad.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2008



17920 Comments


haha ryan i told you

willfellmarsy
August 25th 2008



3849 Comments


excellent review..i thought buried in oblivion was really good but never tried anything else out with the new vocalist and whatnot...probably won't get this

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 25th 2008



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

haha ryan i told you

I can't believe it hahahah

Jom
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2008



2633 Comments



A good and humorous review (the Relay for Life and Lance Armstrong sentence was a nice touch), and I have to agree with you that the concept, while significant to Tim and worth appreciating the effort that went into incorporating the motif into the album, doesn't really mesh with the overall instrumentation and vocals. I'll have to listen to the record more, but it's nevertheless a distracting record. Maybe it'll be a grower like their other records were. Tim's a great guitarist and a very friendly guy.This Message Edited On 08.25.08

comity
August 25th 2008



30 Comments


i disagree jom this review is pretty good, i dont think thats the right tone for this situation

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 25th 2008



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yikes.
i read this four times over and missed that.
thanks dude.

McP3000
August 25th 2008



3941 Comments


eh, im not all that surprised. The album art sucks, and Into Eternity was obviously running out of ideas after their last outing.

badtaste
August 25th 2008



824 Comments


Funny review.

Altmer
August 25th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Excellent review, I may check this out but I didn't like the last one (The Scattering of Ashes), so I am probably going to steer clear of this for a while.

And good point about the vocals: they were hideously bad on the last one as well.

Altmer
August 25th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the progressive disjointed passages they incorporate into their music always throw me off a bit but too its a formula that does work for them yout cant deny

no it makes no sense at all

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2008



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I agree, this album sucks. Stu Block is a terrible, terrible vocalist.This Message Edited On 08.25.08

Yazz_Flute
August 25th 2008



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree that the concept doesn't fit at all for the most part, but i still enjoyed this a good deal. And I love Stu's vocals :angry:

Nowhere near as good as BiO though.

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

Shattered_Future
August 25th 2008



1539 Comments


I didn't think this was THAT bad. It's probably closer to a 3 for me. Well written review though.

Thor
August 25th 2008



10169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I loved their past three albums. This review's kinda scaring me though...

Wizard
August 25th 2008



19206 Comments


Great review. I am also scared to listen to this now too.
The Akerfeldt joke was really unneccessary as well.

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

Thor
August 25th 2008



10169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cry me a river. I love Akerfeldt so much and I didn't think it was that bad.



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