Into Eternity
The Incurable Tragedy


1.5
very poor

Review

by Altmer USER (175 Reviews)
December 5th, 2008 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whose idea was this and why didn't anyone say STOP before it was released?

Into Eternity have been around for a while now, with their nice lineup that includes people going in and out every round except for mainman Tim Roth, and he seems to pretty much run the show. After tours with some pretty big prog bands (Symphony X, Dream Theater), they seem to have built their hype very well; the only issue being their last disc, The Scattering of Ashes, was a commercial success but a musical disaster. With some more lineup changes, this should have changed for the next album.

It did change, and mercilessly, for the worse. Into Eternity were always almost schizophrenic about their music, trying to put a million things into a blender, with the result being something very weird and garbled, but never quite like anything you have tasted. Unfortunately that formula has aged, and all the dairy (the music is so damn cheesy there must be dairy in the formula somewhere) has made this recipe go completely sour. The songwriting is so completely choppy and haphazard, that the whole idea already is as bad as it sounds; here we find blastbeats over power metal riffs, a whole vocal arsenal that never actually seems to work, so many time signatures changes and weird solos that the head is dizzy before they're halfway, and a production befitting a demo record, but not a full-length album.

To start with the most annoying thing, Stu's vocals have actually got worse since he joined the band. Whereas on the Scattering of Ashes you could still, with some stretch of the word, say his growls were good, here they have become completely weak and half-assed. There's just no conviction in them; he growls for some reason (to sound heavy perhaps), but the production is so fantastically lacking that it sounds comical more than anything else. Then there are the clean vocals, which fit if you're playing for As I Lay Dying or Alexisonfire, but not for a metal band: this isn't just high-pitched, it's annoyingly drawly, and very unlike the clean operatic singing most bands in the genre pursue. Last but not least, we have a King Diamond impersonation, which is actually as bad as it sounds. Thanks for ruining the album before a guitar note even comes into question.

Speaking of guitars, there's loads of stuff flying around on that front. No doubt Mr Roth is ***ty talented, and there's some Dream Theater stuff solowise we can all worship, but along with that technical side has come the side-effect of not knowing how to actually write a song. Power metal riffs fly everywhere, but without groove or melody; they just seem to exist. Occasionally flashy lead guitars appear, but they aren't repeated or make any sense in context. And then there's the fact that any good riffs are completely ruined by the fact they aren't strung together coherently, like the riffs are birds perched on branches and just can't decide on which branch to sit. Eventually the birds are so frantically hopping you aren't surprised when those branches actually snap.

Rounding things out are a nice inaudible bass and a horribly weak drum production (god, is that actually a snare drum?), which was fashionable for Sonata Arctica's old records, but not for this. The bass drums sound horribly electronic and contrived, just improving the whole notion of this album seemingly being thrown-together randomly. I didn't know people still had production values like this in the year 2008.

If you actually still want a plus and a reason to listen to this record (why?), there is some nice lyrical content on the record about the emotional value of losing your loved ones (friends and parents), which just makes the whole musical thing seem even more painful in comparison. This could have been really great with the poignant lyrical content, but the music is just so spastic and haphazard that it can't actually contribute to setting the proper mood for the lyrics, even further contrasting the painful downward spiral this band is in. I will never understand why people feel the need to put that pain to tape in this way; I'm sorry for Mr Roth, but even the loss of friends and family doesn't excuse you from writing real songs, which are painfully lacking on here. He has really got to rethink his formula for the next album, because I am not sure whose idea this was, but for the life of me I cannot understand why anybody didn't actually say "STOP" before it was released. This album is that much of an incurable tragedy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Thor
December 5th 2008


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the music is so damn cheesy there must be dairy in the formula somewhere


should be the summary

Digging: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Omnium Gatherum

Crysis
Emeritus
December 5th 2008


17568 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Totally agree Altmer, this album is absolutely horrible. This band has gone wayyyyyyyy downhill since Buried In Oblivion. Pos.

jingledeath
December 5th 2008


7100 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Such a sad sad band.

fireaboveicebelow
December 5th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this band is annoying, and they're not even popular :

OllieS
December 5th 2008


2230 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

sounds kinda sad they lost their talent

Crysis
Emeritus
December 5th 2008


17568 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This band has been nothing but terrible since Stu Block joined... I hate his vocals.

Essence
December 5th 2008


6604 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

[quote=thor]

the music is so damn cheesy there must be dairy in the formula somewhere


should be the summary[/quote]

123



wow I just listened to Diagnosis terminal and it was lolbadThis Message Edited On 12.05.08

fireaboveicebelow
December 5th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This band has been nothing but terrible since Stu Block joined... I hate his vocals.
they've always been pretty bland, stu isn't the source of the problem

Wizard
December 6th 2008


20393 Comments


Their unpredictable formula has suddenly become predictable. Album was atrocious. Perfect review for this Altmer. Some good one liners in the review too!

Slaytan
December 6th 2008


1185 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Very well written, great job as usual. I've been on a Buried In Oblivion kick lately, and I can't help but wonder how they slipped up this bad.

Willie
Moderator
December 6th 2008


19044 Comments


Nice review. This album is complete shit.

MarkvandenBerg
December 13th 2008


151 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Excellent Review. This is a shocking album! One of the worst for 2008. Totally agree with your comments about bad production.This must have been recorded in a garage!

Essence
December 13th 2008


6604 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol this is so bad

OllieS
December 13th 2008


2230 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

regarding the drum production/snare point, it's actually the drummer (Steve Bolgnese, look him up on youtube) who's barely hitting the snare, pretty shocking. Anyways, good review, came off better than your one of TSOA

alphamonkey
December 14th 2008


27 Comments


Wow. I just listened to Diagnosis Terminal. I really liked a lot of the parts...but each part only last no more than 5 seconds. And all those modulations at about 40 seconds in? Absolutely weird at that point in the song. I think they'd be absolutely killer with a sense of song structure and good production. I thought that new Dream Theater was bad at structure.

WARisalliknow91
December 15th 2008


493 Comments


This Cd had some catchy clean vocals but was terrible in every other aspect. its sad because i like these guys

jingledeath
December 15th 2008


7100 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

So did everyone else.It's like one day the band realized that they hated all their fans so they thought that the best way to kick them in the nuts would be to release this.

fireaboveicebelow
December 15th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah, I mean you think the guitarist is depressed, how do you think the fans feel now?



/puts on Green Day's Walking Contradiction

Puckingham
December 24th 2008


87 Comments


I thought the drums sounded ****ty due to my laptop speakers, but then i realized that the bass drum really sounds like im tapping a pencil on the table.... ouch. That whole song is void of any transitional elements, its as if the production crew said Ah screw it, just play some cool stuff and we'll cut and paste it microsoft word style.

Oh, by the way,As I Lay Dying are totally a metal band, even if it is poppy as hell jesuscore :-pThis Message Edited On 12.24.08This Message Edited On 12.24.08This Message Edited On 12.24.08

Altmer
December 24th 2008


5712 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

metalcore is not fucken metal



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