I really only had two experiences with remixes before this album: DANZIG’s “Sacrifice” EP and those dance remixes Hollywood Records insists on putting at the end of the QUEEN albums they re-release. Both were uniformly terrible, so you can understand my trepidation when I received this promo. That being said, I enjoyed “Eternitas,” the debut album of SATYRIAN (formerly DANSE MACABRE). In fact, I think that if I reviewed it again today I would give it a better score. It’s a grower. Anyhow, I already thought that “Eternitas” was pretty danceable, but apparently they needed to fix something that wasn’t broken.
There are a few different forces putting together these remixes. The first two are by Roman Schoensee of THE DREAMSIDE, tracks 4, 6, and 7 by Jan Yrlund (under his stage name Örkki and citing his membership in SINMASTERS), with TmV of THE SHADE FACTORY contributing tracks three and five, while the album version of “The Dark Gift” finishes off the EP. Schoensee splits his contributions between one of the better on the album—“Invictus (Master Of Fate ReMix)”—and his harmless but annoying interpretation of “The Dark Gift,” which is only made to look good by TmV’s “(TiV Fused Radio Edit)” of the same. In general, TmV’s remixes will appeal little to Metal fan, as he strips away much of the guitars in favour of electronic effects and pulsing drum tones. Yeah, all three do it, but TmV is the most flagrant at it. Örkki provides probably the best remix on the album with “Fall From Grace (The Fallen Remix),” but then turns around and gives us two remixes almost as alienating to the Metal crowd as TmV’s work.
I realize that a big part of my negative reaction to this album is because of a disconnect between the intended audience and myself. I’m not a fan of the Dance styles of music, but found their inclusion on “Eternitas” to be an interesting flavour. It wasn’t the most Metal of releases, but that’s not what they were going for. For this EP, they’ve stripped aside most of the Metal and turned the Dance significantly up. f that still appeals to you, go for it. I’ll just be quietly waiting for the next long player.
(Online February 11, 2007)