15/05/2002
EVENFALL: "Cumbersome"    www.evenfallweb.com      www.evenfall.it/    www.centurymedia.com    
 (51:03)  -  release date 22/04/ 2002
          reviews by Lovedeath77 (Italian) and Gryphon_spirit (English)
review by Salvo "Lovedeath77"
Questo cd credo proprio che difficilmente non rientrer nella mia top list 2002! Signori che cd!!!!!!! Se il cd d'esordio "Still in the grey...." era pi orientato verso un black-gothic ove le due influenze si intrecciavano in ogni song, stavolta i nostri danno sfoggio di una grande apertura orientata verso molti generi musicali e  "Cumbersome" il risultato di una evoluzione davvero strepitosa, e questo album consigliato a tutti coloro che nel metal cercano forti emozioni all'interno di song ben articolate e influenzate da molti stili. La vocalist Robi davvero strepitosa e rappresenta il lato etereo del gruppo; la sua timbrica davvero fantastica!!! Allora le 10 perle di questo cd inziano con "Rawish" che inizia un p cyber e prosegue con la voce di Robi sorretta da uno spettacolare riffing guitar e le scream vocal a fare da contorno, il ritornello davvero da brivido, ....signori solo l'inizio!!!!
La successiva "Frontloader" davvero STUPENDA! Immaginate...un riff nu-metal-death, atmosfera Gothic, voce femminile eterea e scream, il tutto condito da una band che suona strepitosamente non lasciando nulla al caso; la durezza di questo pezzo si intreccia ad una melodia che solo ascoltandola si pu capire cosa significa provare emozioni con una canzone! 
La successiva "Dogma" UN'ALTRA PERLA DAVVERO!!!!! Mi ha ricordato tantissimo i LACUNA COIL "MIGLIORI" e la voce di Robi, qui davvero non teme nessun rivale; le chitarre di Ivan e Jones, si intrecciano alla grande, mentre le tastiere creano atmosfera davvero tenebrosa, e poi...quando meno te lo aspetti ecco le scream vocals!!! E sono assolutamente perfette riescono anche in un brano molto cadenzato e triste a dare quel quid in pi di atmosfera!
 La grande sorpresa del cd proprio la cover degli Heroes Del Silencio "Entre dos tierras", che stata riveduta e corretta e trasformata a dovere in una potente gothic-metal song!!!
"In Absentia Christi" sembra proprio un perfetto incrocio tra Crematory, Dimmu Borgir e Lacuna Coil(nel ritornello), addirittura all'interno della stessa song c' una parte nu-metal, con tastiera cyber ........credetemi davvero stupenda!!!!
"Overcast Sky" meno dura della precedente ma le coordinate sono pi o meno le stesse!!!
 La title-track "Cumbersome" inizia con un suono sintetizzato..e poi... ecco il riffin'guitar, come sempre di quelli che non si scordano, la potenza della canzone si incontra con la dolcezza della vocalist Robi che non sbaglia un colpo!!! La grande bravura degli Evenfall quella di utilizzare 2 tipi di scream;uno a l Dimmu Borgir, cio molto graffiante e maligno e uno pi vicino alla voce di Felix ovvero cantante degli ormai sciolti (purtroppo) Crematory. 
Ancora atmofera con "Vangelis Mundi" dove il gruppo unisce un gran senso melodico unito a una tecnica strepitosa e una capacit di dare dinamica alle canzoni davvero unica.
 "Unworshipped" ci mostra come Ivan e Jones sono dei grandi e inesauribili inventori di riff che si stampano in testa al primo ascolto, e le non mancano assoli davvero ricchi di groove e tecnica!!!
Chiude il cd "Cospectu Mortis II" ...un'altra grande song, dura e atmosferica.
So che la mia recensione a senso unico, ma se dovessi dare un voto darei 10, senza dubbio .BUY OR DIE!!!!!!!!
                               
Salvo "Lovedeath77" for Gryphonmetal

 


review by Dalia "Gryphon_spirit"
Questions: is there a really good modern-oriented gothic metal? Is there the possibility to fill up that kind of empty space that a band like Crematory has left in the metal scene, obtaining if possible even a better result? In my opinion here it is the 3  words enthusiastic answer: the Italian Evenfall!. Evenfall's debut record was released in 1999, the title was "Still in the Grey Dying" and was promoted throughout Europe. But there is a big difference between those Even fall and the curent band: some changes in the line-up have brought to a valuable evolution. Less black metal and more gothic one, with the addition of modern sound- effects from keyboards, heavy super cool guitars, versatile riffs , atmospheric, energetic songs, with catchy but not too easy melodies, and the contrast between the almost angelic female voice and the growls and screams of the male one are the characteristics of these "new" Evenfall. Though the influences of their roots which go back to Avant-garde Black are still to be found , they are so well merged with typical gothic metal elements, made absolutely up-to-date cause they are supported by modern, well measured electronics. Roberta is less aggressive than Cristina Scabbia, her voice is sweet, smart and ethereal but not fragile, on the contrary Ansgar's voice is aggressive and strong and his vocals range from very deep impressive growls to screams la Dimmu Borgir. Guitars are implacable when they want. In a few words, Evenfall combine with sensational result the strength of the Heavy, united to the dark, gloomy etereal beauty of the Gothic. All this is simply my cup of blood, and though I don't rate (not yet...!!), I agree 300% with Lovedeath77: successful with full marks. In their genre, they have prepared a super album. 

All 10 songs are really awsome, among them one, the title -track "Cumbersome", simply kills, it kicks ass with its perfect loops, its heavy and almost hypnotic riffs, its dark melody which suggests an optimal alternation of the 2 vocals. 

"Entre dos Tierras" is the cover of the hit-single composed years ago by Heroes Del Silencio. In my very humble opinion, really far from being a "lack of respect" like unfortunately I 've read somewhere, it is on the contrary, at my eyes, a good cover which gives to the original song another flavour. Clear that the first time you listen to it, having the original so good in mind, you can fin that it sounds strange, what do you expect? A cover to be a clone? After a couple of more listens, anyway, one gets totally in it, understanding how much it "gothically" sadly rocks. Let's not forget the presence of ex-Psychotic Waltz Devon Graves as guest vocalist. 

"Rawish" is strong and energetic with an almost mid-tempo tormenting proceeding and a sad and catchy refrain; atmospheric and sometimes unusual back electronics go in clear foreground only in the beginning and in the final of the song. 

"In Absentia Christi" is faster and guitars really run. Ansgar offers here his whole vocal range; only just a little bit experimental , it sounds mostly fresh.


Modern and at the same time a little bit symphonic, "Overcast Sky" burst into a catchy refrain sung by Roberta. Here a certain melodic death symphonic soundscape meets a modern, catchy a little bit pop scheme. Incredible how good the result can be. 

"Unworshipped" is not easy but very interesting, it is a song which even doom death fans should like.


"Vangelis Mundi" is another very engaged song where the schemes of gothic are so well evident and underlined, nevertheless sounding with a totally new look and flavour,  old and at the same time new - fashioned with a keyboard solo. 

Particularly nocturnal but also metropolitan, without being too gloomy but sounding somehow cold, rather slow but intense, melodically catchy, very beautiful in his modern sadness, "Dogma" is mostly sung by Roberta, with an interval where Ansgar is more speaking than singing, in German. Not so heavy as other tracks, it sounds heavy, so heavy, anyway. Damn I like it so much!!

Beginning with a kind of futuristic distorced effect, "Frontloader" turns very soon into another dark and sad gothic track, which has a valuable tempo changing. Another beautiful song combining heaviness, electronics , ethereal grace and  a tormenting melody.


Cumbersome is a so beautiful album that should be appreciated by a wide range of metal listeners, from melodic death fans till gothic metal ones. And to all who are demanding more from Lacuna Coil, or are missing Crematory, or are thinking that the new look of Theatre Of Tragedy is a little bit too pop, I only say la Lovedeath77: BUY OR DIE!!

Dalia "Gryphon_spirit" Di Giacomo


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