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Into Eternity
The Scattering of Ashes


4.5
superb

Review

by Mikesn EMERITUS
October 2nd, 2006 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


I'm always a sucker for good Canadian metal bands. Maybe it's because I don't know of too many, but I seem to like the few that I've heard. Into Eternity is one of those bands. Hailing from the middle of nowhere (aka Saskatchewan), they mix together an impressive blend of death metal and progressive metal. 2006 marked the released of the band's fourth full length release, The Scattering of the Ashes. Similarly to 2004's Buried in Oblivion, this new album debut's a new lead singer. This time around, Stu Block replaces the departed Chris Krall, and while I can't compare the two since I have not heard Buried in Oblivion, I can still safely say that Stu definitely doesn't disappoint. Armed with perhaps the coolest artwork of the year, Into Eternity definitely held my interest, as The Scattering of the Ashes has been one of my most anticipated albums of the year.

A large part of Into Eternity's sound is the vocals. The band incorporates both death metal growls and clean singing into their music, however what makes Into Eternity's variation stick out is how they go about in recording this style. Amazingly, three of the band's four members contribute to the vocals on the album. The result is some of the best vocal harmonies in metal. Catchy, melodic, powerful, these are just some of the traits you could address to the clean vocals on The Scattering of the Ashes. The infectious efforts the band puts forth are an important part of the band's sound, and largely affect the album's appeal. However, saying that, the singing was a tad bit more difficult to get into than on Dead or Dreaming. Whereas the one could listen to the efforts on that release, and appreciate them right away, the singing on The Scattering of the Ashes is definitely a grower. To me, when I first heard the high-pitched wailing that this album contains, I was slightly disappointed as they didn't have that little oomph that Tim Roth's had on Dead or Dreaming. Yet after several listens, the effectiveness of the vocals started to sink in.

The other vocal style found on The Scattering of the Ashes, the death growls, is also very impressive. From start to finish, Stu Block again, does not disappoint. Obviously, his harsh vocals are very aggressive, and add an even harder edge on the already fairly heavy material. At times, Stu seems to mix the clean and harsh vocals together to produce a scream similar to that of Urban Breed, and Iced Earth's Tim Owens, specifically during certain moments of Timeless Winter and Out. He pulls these techniques off very well, adding energy to the performances. Stu is definitely talented at what he does, and this has a great effect on The Scattering of the Ashes.

Not to be forgotten is the music itself. As mentioned earlier, Into Eternity plays a mixture of progressive metal and death metal. This is a great combination if you ask me, as The Scattering of the Ashes contains a variety of different elements. You've got the technical pieces, the melodic interludes, simple, yet effective verses. This is where the album really shines. Songs such as Severe Emotional Distress and Surrounded by Night really showcase the skill of guitarist Tim Roth, with excellent performances all around. But it isn't all progressive metal worship. Into Eternity also incorporates some very obvious death metal influences into their music. With its very aggressive, riffy features, The Scattering of the Ashes should not only attract the power metal/ prog metal listeners, but also death heads as well. Admittedly, while listening I hear more of the melodic side of the band as there is more emphasis on it; tracks like Timeless Winter or a Past Beyond Memory are some of the better songs which incorporate heavy elements.

While the album obviously has a progressive flare present in the structure and sound, one element of the genre that isn't present is the long, drawn out instrumental sections that bands such as Dream Theater employ. Each song has an appropriate length, generally around 4 minutes long, and not once do any of the tracks feel like the just lug (ugh, for lack of better term) on and on and on. The material always sounds fresh, and with a 41 minute run-time the music never grows tiring. Though I am a fan of longer songs when they are done right (Paschendale, Heading for Tomorrow, Metropolis Pt 1), I find these shorter length songs to be easier to listen to. Kudos for not going overboard.

After discovering the band back in June, Into Eternity is quickly becoming one of my favourite bands. Their fourth release, The Scattering of the Ashes, was easily one of my most anticipated albums of the year, and it does not disappoint. Whether it is the fantastic vocal harmonies, the intricate solos, the aggressive riffing, or the consistent harsh vocals, most should enjoy the album and find at least one thing that interests them. If you ask me, The Scattering of the Ashes is definitely a top 3 contender for album of the year. Buy it now.

Recommended Tracks:
Out
Surrounded By Night
Severe Emotional Distress



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Tyler EMERITUS (4)
Excellent vocals, tight musicianship and just the right amount of progression, these Saskatchewanian...

Brendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR (4.5)
Truly a timeless winter....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mikesn
Emeritus
October 2nd 2006


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jumping on the bandwagon ftw.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 2nd 2006


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You haven't heard Buried In Oblivion! Get on that!!!



Just a few things:



You say "guitarists". All guitars on the album are played by Tim Roth, though some parts were partially written by former second guitarist Rob.



You also say 4/5 members contribute vocally; that was the case on BiO, but not on this album. There are 4 members on this album, three of which (Jim doesn't sing) contribute vocals. Still, virtually all vocal parts are done by Stu, the others are just contributing to harmonies. This Message Edited On 10.02.06

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 2nd 2006


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh. Thanks, I'll change that right now.



I'll give Buried in Oblivion a listen later tonight, I've got it somewhere.This Message Edited On 10.02.06

Toaster
October 2nd 2006


343 Comments


Didn't like Buried in Oblivion too much, but I'll pick this up.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 2nd 2006


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good choice. :thumb:

publicastration
October 2nd 2006


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only thing I don't like about this album is the sound of the kickdrums.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 2nd 2006


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I explained that in my review, but the main reason is because the drums are sampled, meaning everything the drummer plays is then sent to a sampler and the producer adds a new sound to it. Why he picked the one he did I'll never know!

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 2nd 2006


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, now that you mentioned it, yeah that was kind of odd.



I'm listening to Buried in Oblivion right now, by the way. It's amazing. :p

Shattered_Future
October 2nd 2006


1594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BIO > this one, IMO. It's more awesome on all the fronts.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 3rd 2006


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, I don't know. I'd say BiO is not as much of a grower as this one though.

WatermellonGun
October 3rd 2006


8 Comments


Ive only got two of there albums i need to get this and the other. These guys are one of the best metal bands around today IMO. Ill try to find a hardcore metalhead around town to burn this for me.

Thor
October 3rd 2006


10337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Or you could buy it tomorrow like a good person.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 3rd 2006


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, seriously buy it. It comes with video footage and whatnot.

Shadows
Moderator
October 3rd 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tim Roth is a totally bitchin' dude.

ScelusNefas
October 3rd 2006


274 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

goood review...what can i say more?This Message Edited On 10.03.06

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 3rd 2006


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry, what?

Tyler
Emeritus
October 3rd 2006


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Martyr are NOTHING like Into Eternity.

Yazz_Flute
August 23rd 2007


19164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I heard these guys last night when they opened for Dream Theater, they got me hooked. I can't get the chorus of some of these songs out of my head, and the guitar melodies were done very well. I think i'll get this album soon.

Digging: This Heat - Made Available: John Peel Sessions

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 23rd 2007


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the most impressive thing about Into Eternity (at least this album) is the vocals, but I agree the guitars are done really well.



They could use help in the lyrical department though.



Get this first then get Buried in Oblivion. I found this one to be easier to get into.This Message Edited On 08.23.07

Yazz_Flute
August 23rd 2007


19164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can't believe i didnt mention the vocals, yeah they were the best part, definately. The singer has great variety.



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