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The Forgotten Goddess

Echoes Of Eternity

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Album Review

Faithful fans will be the first to admit that heavy metal is rarely sexy (sexist? Yes; sexy? No), but Echoes of Eternity are clearly a band at ease with their sexuality — or at least at ease with letting vocalist Francine Boucher flaunt her sexuality. (Not a bad way to start a review: with five out of forty words being variations of "sex.") Unfortunately, as fetching as she may be, Echoes of Eternity's frontwoman rarely manages to establish herself as a focal point on their 2007 debut, The Forgotten Goddess, based solely on her vocal talents. To be fair, her failure can be blamed in part on the overbearing nature of the group's music, which consists of intricately arranged extreme metal riff and percussive constructions, regularly offset by copasetic and counterpoint melodies. Although these elements offer an impressive range of dynamic variety, often mirroring the work of Canadians Into Eternity, they simultaneously leave little room for the vocalist to take command of any given song (particularly Byzantine exercises like "Expressions of Flesh" and "The Kingdom Within"), only suffocating Boucher's timid crooning, instead. What's more, her efforts are in no way assisted by less-than-inspired lyrics and choruses (regularly repeated ad nausea, as in the title track), making it clear that Echoes of Eternity is a musicians' band, first and foremost, with Boucher's presence seemingly a mere afterthought. In any case, it results in just a few successful marriages of voice and instrumentation (see "Voices in a Dream" and "Lost Beneath a Silent Sky"), but won't easily meet the lofty expectations of fans accustomed to contemporary bands like Nightwish, Within Temptation, and After Forever — all of which feature similarly stunning, classically trained operatic powerhouses wielding their lead microphones.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good album

I was really impressed with what Echos Of Eternity brought to the table. It might not be the best album for this genre, but it does show what we'll see from these Nuclear Blast artists. This album has a metal feeling with gothic style singing. If I had to comapre them to somebody else it would have to be Lacuna Coil and Sirenia.

Echoes of a Forgotten Goddess

Actually some very well written material here. Seems to waiver through all forms of Rock from soft lyrical to semi-heavy. Overall a good effort....we'll see where they go!!!!

Not bad for a Non-European Chick metal band

I'm a huge fan of Lacuna Coil and After Forever so I thought I'd check out Echoes of Eternity. They're definitely different. Being from California/Orlando, they don't have that distinct European sound that I enjoy but their lyrics make up for it. The vocalist doesn't have the strongest voice but it's still very pleasant and the melodies are just catchy enough so that they get stuck in your head all day but you don't get sick of hearing them over and over (assuming you like the album as much as I do). Just give them a chance, you might be pleasantly surprised like I was

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Echoes of Eternity is a progressive and melodic heavy metal band conceived in 2004 by L.A.-based guitarist Brandon Patton — a veteran of the local scene with numerous previous music projects under his belt, and a long on-and-off association with drummer Kirk Clarrison. After setting their sights on creating a female-fronted group, the duo drafted Canadian singer Francine Boucher and bassist Duane Cowan before recording an eponymous, three-song EP...
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