Eths
Ex Umbra In Solem


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by Philip Whitehead USER (26 Reviews)
March 18th, 2014 | 11 replies | 584 views


Release Date: 03/14/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A look at what the future holds for Eths.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Eths are a band that have slowly been gaining momentum in recent years. While their first album, Sôma, gained them a fanbase in France, Season of Mist debut Tératologie did little to expand to an international audience. 2011 effort III finally got the group some sort of breakthrough in the UK and US before the group was set back by the departure of founding duo of Greg Rouvière (guitar), but more importantly their petite yet powerful frontwoman Candice Clot. After quickly moving to find a replacement, the (now) quartet was completed with the addition of Rachel Aspe, who’d previously become a viral star with her audition on “France A Un Incroyable Talent”. After a re-recording of III track ‘Harmaguedon’ was released, fans awaited the next move for the band with, as one would expect, questions raised over Aspe’s ability to fill the (figuratively) big shoes left by Clot. This is where Ex Umbra In Solem comes in. With a mixture of live performances, re-recordings of old songs and even one brand new track, this EP perfectly showcases what Eths for the foreseeable future will be like.

The title track, the sole brand new song, is a typical Eths song, and the great thing is, Aspe’s voice fits in perfectly, bringing in her own vocal style while still melding seemlessly with the sound that Eths were promising in their last album. The song has all the aggression and grooves that were found on III and is a great sign of what the band is still capable of producing and is the only track where one can really comment on the overall band performance, due to the fact that most of us have already heard the music present on the rest of this EP. However, it’s the next six songs, where the fans will want to know how Aspe can deal with the group’s old material, which count.

Starting this off are the three live tracks: Samantha (the title track from their debut EP in 2000), Bulimiarexia (from 2007’s Tératologie) and Crucifère (from 2004 debut album Sôma). It’s immediately apparent that Aspe has a much deeper, rasping scream on her compared to Candice Clot (who she will likely be consistently compared to for the remainder of her time in the band a la Derrick Green to Max Cavalera in Sepultura), however, in the live takes of Bulimiarexia and Crucifère it must be noted that Aspe’s clean vocals do seem to struggle at times to match Clot’s range and style, which could improve over time, but this is unlikely to win over the Clot faithful any time soon.

Following this are three re-recorded tracks, all three from their latest album. While those familiar with this album may need some time to ge used to Aspe’s vocal interpretations of the songs, there isn’t really too much different and those who don’t know much about Eths’ previous output will find little wrong with these tracks. Aspe’s screaming on Voragine are as powerful as ever (perhaps even moreso than Clot’s), and while Aspe may struggle at times on Harmaguedon there is little wrong with her performance. The real test comes on closer Prosperina, where Clot’s own vocal limits were put to the test on III. It may be studio magic, but Aspe does seem to hold her own, even adapting some passages in order to deal with the challenges posed by the song in her own way. It’s in the acoustic break where her clean singing is really pushed, though, and it has to be said that she performs admirably, more than holding her own. With all this said, it will unfortunately be likely that she will forever be performing in Candice Clot’s shadow and from what has been shown here, that is an unfair sentence to be enforcing on Aspe. Once she fully finds her feet in the band and can fully realise the potential of her clean singing, she may even be able to eclipse Clot herself.

Ex Umbra In Solem is worth picking up for the die-hard Eths fan, or anyone interested in seeing what this group are still capable of. Be quick though, physical copies are limited to just 1000, after that they're gone.



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DatsNotDaMetulz
March 18th 2014



1716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Streaming on Spotify by the way. Not sure if there's any online stream available.

DatsNotDaMetulz
March 18th 2014



1716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I wrote far more than I needed to.

Acanthus
March 18th 2014



9537 Comments


Don't know if I'll enjoy this, nothing besides Soma has really piqued my interest.

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DatsNotDaMetulz
March 18th 2014



1716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I think we really need a new full album or at least an EP of entirely new songs before we can fully judge whether Eths will improve or deteriorate without Candice. The new song is pretty promising though. At least this thing does show us that the new singer can hold her own with the new material, it may not be as good as the original voice but it's still pretty good. And at least they haven't rushed into a new album like Sepultura did with the sketchy Against when they brought in Derrick Green.

CaptainDooRight
March 18th 2014



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watched the live vid for Crucifère. Don't the people in the crowd realize they look like puppets praising generic music with almost no feel?

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DatsNotDaMetulz
March 18th 2014



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Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFB6atLqFMg I dunno if you're calling Eths generic there but when you look at the original takes of the music I think there was plenty of emotion in them.

Definitely true that Candice had a lot more energy in her performances though http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQT782Rz42c

CaptainDooRight
March 18th 2014



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yea sorry bro that was just my first impression, i did however enjoy you back ass shots tbfh

DatsNotDaMetulz
March 18th 2014



1716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I still think Candice was better than Rachel but not ruling out Rachel yet.

TrephineArtist
March 18th 2014



181 Comments


III is an incredible album, really looking forward to hearing what the band can do after losing such a formidable vocalist. From what you say the new girl does a good job.

DatsNotDaMetulz
March 18th 2014



1716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah she still has a lot of growing to do but more than holds her own. The thing is she doesn't seem to have the same energy or emotion live so if you look at the live footage it will damage your opinion of her. She needs to work on really putting the energy into the music like Candice did. Candice used to writhe and scream all over the place (well look at the video I posted).

DatsNotDaMetulz
March 18th 2014



1716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

What they might need is more new material, because Rachel may feel like the current situation is that she's just a hired voice there to sing songs that aren't hers, once she has more of her own material she'll likely feel like part of the band more and get more into the songs she performs.



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