Into Eternity
Dead or Dreaming


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mikesn EMERITUS
November 3rd, 2006 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Into Eternity has come a long way since they formed in lonely Saskatchewan, Canada. From one album to the next they've grown and evolved, sometimes in large ways and sometimes in smaller, more subtle ways. From the bands point of view, it must have been an amazing past few months as they not only recently released their fourth full length album (and my personal favourite) The Scattering of the Ashes, but more importantly have recently shared the stage with some very popular metal bands. Yes, the Canadian quartet had the opportunity to play with the likes of Megadeth, Opeth, Lamb of God, and Arch Enemy, among others, on Dave Mustaine's Gigantour. That's going to be a pretty significant part of the band's history, should they have good things coming for them on the horizon. But there career doesn't start here. There was still an Into Eternity before Gigantour and The Scattering of the Ashes. This is when I became a fan of the band. And it was their second album, Dead or Dreaming, which drew me to them.

When I first heard Into Eternity, I was experimenting with the melodic death genre. Though it wouldn't exactly be correct to label them melodic death metal, the certainly stood out among some of the other bands I was hearing for the first time. Dead or Dreaming is an excellent rendition of the band's sound. Into Eternity play a unique mix of progressive metal and death metal, a memorable combination that knows no limits in either melody or heaviness. One of the things I like most about the band is the creativity that the band displays through their energetic riffing or soloing. The band's progressive nature becomes fairly evident to most listeners, as the many harmonies and solos that guitarists Tim Roth and Daniel Nargang are extremely exciting and fun to listen to. Their technical performances embody the music's mysterious themes. But the guitarists are not the only band members having fun. Another member who really stands out for me is the drummer, Jim Austin. Though I am by no means an expert at drumming, Jim's beats are very tasteful and, like the guitarists, add some strength and excitement into the tracks. Austin isn't the very best drummer you'll ever hear, but he provides a very adequate showing on Dead or Dreaming, particularly the song Selling God. Overall, the sound that Into Eternity constructs with Dead or Dreaming is very memorable, and definitely worth hearing at least once.

Another notable aspect of Dead or Dreaming is the vocal approaches of Into Eternity. In short, a variety of singing styles make up the album's efforts. You have the high pitched vocal harmonies between band members, the death growl, some screaming every now and then, and clean vocals. Though today the multi-talented Stu Block serves as the frontman of Into Eternity, at the time of Dead or Dreaming's release in 2002 guitarists Tim Roth and Daniel Nargang handled the lead vocal duties. Though not as technically good as the band's current singer, Tim and Daniel do a fine job on the album. Take it for what it's worth, but out of this, Buried in Oblivion and The Scattering of the Ashes, I've always found the performances here to be the easiest to get into, and the most accessible. The harmonies are very well done, particularly in the likes of Unholy (Fields of the Dead), where they combined to create the epic chorus that the song showcases. Roth and Nargang's performances are very catchy, and at times or just as important to the band as the instrumentals are. A pretty solid effort all around.

Into Eternity's 2002 effort, Dead or Dreaming, is one of those albums that you get into right from the start. Its creative, precise musicianship should impress many a metalhead, while the exciting, technical riffs definitely create a very enjoyable atmosphere that even the most demanding fans can head bang to. Though I've only been listening to these Canadians for about six months, they've quite easily become one of my favourite bands. With records like Dead or Dreaming and The Scattering of the Ashes, Into Eternity has a very bright future ahead of them, and I look forward to hearing what they can muster up next. I would definitely recommend Dead or Dreaming to all, as it is a very fun and worthwhile album to listen to.


Recommended Tracks:
Unholy (Fields of the Dead)
Distant Pale Future
Selling God
Dead or Dreaming



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Tarantino's Tarantulas
November 3rd 2006


819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ive only heard Shallow, Cyber Messiah and the title track off hear, all of which are decent songs. Unholy (Fields of the Dead) must be awesome if its superior to those tracks then. I need an Into Eternity album.

Cravinov13
November 3rd 2006


3854 Comments


^^ I need one too.

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 3rd 2006


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Scattering of the Ashes would probably be their easiest to find. It's also their best imo.

Ratmond
November 3rd 2006


16 Comments


Into Eternity makes some pretty exciting music.This Message Edited On 11.03.06

Shattered_Future
November 3rd 2006


1560 Comments


This album is kinda meh. After hearing BIO first, which is the greatest thing they've done, this one seems a bit immaturely written. It lacks the epic riffage of BIO. Still a very good album though.

Thor
November 3rd 2006


10268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

While this album isn't as technical as their other two, it's still excellent in its own right.



But what's up with not including Shallow in your highlights list?! Or Absolution of the Soul?!

Digging: The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 4th 2006


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As long as Unholy (Fields of the Dead) and Distant Pale Future stay 1 and 2, you could really fit any track onto that list. It was actually somewhat difficult to make. :p

TheHamburgerman
February 1st 2008


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Unholy and Elysium Dream are the only worthy tracks...

Institutionalized
September 15th 2010


28 Comments


Yay! A good band from Canada. Shallow, Elysium Dream and Cyber Messiah are my favourite tracks.

Hawks
September 15th 2010


62437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Buried in Oblivion rapes this.

Digging: Senses Fail - Life Is Not a Waiting Room

XfingTheSullen
April 17th 2011


4325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dudes, this album is fucking full of hits. Absolution of the Soul, Distant Pale Future, Shallow, Unholy, Imagination Overdose, Cyber Messiah, brillaint title track and the AWESOME fucking closer Identify. All fucking gold.

Spec
September 28th 2011


35527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Forgot I owned this album.

Aiwaz
December 19th 2017


9999 Comments


I fail to perceive or
understand
You failed to maintain,
gone astraaaaaaaaaaaaay

Hawks
December 19th 2017


62437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well Aiwaz guess I have heard this based on my comment from 7 years ago lmao. Will report back with updated/more educated opinion.

Aiwaz
December 19th 2017


9999 Comments


hahahaha lmao time flies huh

Hawks
December 20th 2017


62437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yeah this rules really hard.

Aiwaz
December 20th 2017


9999 Comments


Fuck.

Yes.

MY

MAN

Aiwaz
December 20th 2017


9999 Comments


And look at that shit Hawks, you brought that rating overall to a 4.0

Im getting all misty n shit

Hawks
December 20th 2017


62437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/ m/ m/ m/ m/

Aiwaz
December 20th 2017


9999 Comments


/m/m/



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