Eths
III


4.0
excellent

Review

by My1mmortal USER (7 Reviews)
April 8th, 2012 | 13 replies | 5,875 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Eths are ready to take over the world.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Having heard (and loved) Eths' previous efforts 'Soma' and 'Tératologie', I was both hopeful and apprehensive about the release of 'III'. A few listens have confirmed that this is by far the band's most accessible album, although arguably the most 'mainstream'.

Immediately the most apparent change in the band's sound and style is the almost complete conversion from Nu-Metal to a more modern metalcore style. Gone are the climbing Korn-esque riffs and in their place are chugging breakdowns and crushing, immense guitar lines. Do not, however, be put off by the label of metalcore, as this band provides an album that is far more innovative and interesting than the standard chug-a-lug core act.

With the exception of 'Gravis Venter' and the arguably pointless instrumental track 'Praedator', this album is extremely heavy from start to finish. Opener 'Voragine' blasts the listener with crushing waves of sound broken up only by the sweet, almost child-like singing of Candice in the verses. The tight musicianship and fantastic production make this song one of the album's highlights, although certainly not the album's most interesting track.

Vocally the album is almost perfect. Petite and attractive lead singer Candice not only provides sweet and slightly unsettling lullaby-singing, but also roars like a pissed-off lioness for the duration of the album. Her scream is one of the most interesting and fantastically executed of any singer I've ever heard, from a male or female vocalist. In tracks like 'Proserpina', the albums second longest and most varied song, she proves that she is more than capable of providing beautiful and haunting cleans when they are required. After a fairly generic verse-chorus opening this track breaks into an achingly pretty acoustic section, almost alone on the album, before evolving into an epic swirl of synths over crunching guitars, followed by a truly unsettling choral breakdown complete with creepy reversed-french vocals.

Speaking of french, the fact that the songs are sung in the band's native language language is both a blessing and a curse. In my opinion the french makes the songs infinitely more interesting, as the beautiful language perfectly compliments the style of the music in this album. However many non-french speakers may be put off by the lack of understandable lyrics, although there are 4 songs provided in English on the album's international edition.

All in all this album is a fantastic third release from an immensely talented band. They proved in their previous albums they had the direction and creativity to stand out and carve their own musical style, now they are ready to leave their homeland and become known around the world.

Recommended tracks-
'Hercolubus', a fantastically heavy and incredibly creepy song with a cacophony of overlapping screams in the disturbing 'chorus'.
'Inanis Venter', the album's well executed and interesting experimental track.
'Adonai', strong lead single with a fantastic chorus.
'Anatemnein', the album's epic closer that incorporates some fantastic orchestral and choral elements into the music.



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Dreamflight
April 8th 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. Yea this is not a bad album, Adonai and Gravis Venter are pretty great.

Having said that, I preffer Kells over Eths. :P

My1mmortal
April 8th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kells are also a fantastic band, although I think Eths pull of the heavier 'metal' sections better :P

Willie
Moderator
April 8th 2012



15886 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I haven't heard their other stuff, but I wasn't too into this. Some of the music was pretty cool, but the female vocals sounded bored and monotone and the male vocals were nothing special.... so, altogether, it was kind of average for me.

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My1mmortal
April 8th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The male vocals only play a background part on the album, but I agree they aren't fantastic.
I wouldn't say Candice sounds bored exactly, especially not when she growls, but her clean vocal style certainly isn't for everyone (although I think it adds to the atmosphere of certain tracks)

Acanthus
April 8th 2012



9537 Comments


Candice was a great vocalist on Soma, I'm sad to see the nu-metal angst be replaced however; time to break their previous album out.

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SCREAM!
April 8th 2012



9979 Comments


I remember liking the vocals o ntheir old stuff but the nu-metal instrumentation just ruined it. Unfortunately though switching from nu-metal to metalcore isn't exactly the change that's gonna get me excited about these guys

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My1mmortal
April 8th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Try some of the songs on Tératologie like AnimaExhalare, they are neither nu nor metal core and are vocally fantastic

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 14th 2012



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd say they're closer to groove metal now really, that's sorta the half way point between nu-metal
and metalcore nowadays as it's evolved from the style known as post-thrash by some (although if
you're
talking to a complete moron the best way to describe them is the generic "Evanescence on crack" bs -
I've had to use that a couple of times to get through to people sadly).

I fucking love Guillaume Dupré (aka Yom)'s drumming on this album, particularly on Harmaguedon.
Proserpina is one of my favourite tracks on the album.

Also Staif also contributed vocals on a bonus track for the deluxe edition, on the track "7". It's
one of the poorer tracks and you can see why it didn't make the final cut for the standard edition.
There's also a cover of the Madonna hit "Music".

DatsNotDaMetulz
October 9th 2012



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sucks so hard that they're rising so much and Candice is now leaving the band.

MalleusMaleficarum
November 23rd 2012



13824 Comments


tits

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DatsNotDaMetulz
December 15th 2012



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FWIW Virginie from Kells is the new singer along with some woman called Nelly Wood.

Dreamflight
December 15th 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wtf, I seriously hope she doesn't leave Kells.

TrephineArtist
February 27th 2013



181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is superb, far superior to earlier albums.

I didn't know Candice was leaving/has left, wtf? Real shame.



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