There was skepticism, because the previous album “Buried In Oblivion” already had been over the top and then there also were some line-up problems… These, though, they really took care of, because as new, second, singer Stu Block joined, guitarist Rob Doherty is no longer with them and old drummer Jim Austin is back on board as well. Especially Stu Block really masters the high screams of the old school and has a great voice overall, which the killer choruses (yep, those exist!) greatly benefit from.
Basically the album is a furious hell drive between brutal Death Metal attacks, progressive parts and almost Pop-like choruses, which really stick. What sounds like a typical recommendation for music students, brainiacs and math profs is anything but that. OK, the drum sound is a bit odd, but you get used to it, most important thing is that it has power and that it indeed does. The album never overtaxes me, it always remains comprehensible and flowing. Of course it’s no muzak for the background while having a coffee circle.
There is a lot happening and somehow these Canadians are not really normal, but it’s a fact that INTO ETERNITY are among the most creative bands of this planet and once more prove how close genius and insanity are. No doubt about it.
(Online November 22, 2006)