INTO ETERNITY has been going non-stop since 2006. After releasing the awe inspiring “The Scattering Of Ashes”, the band has been touring non stop in support of it and then suddenly ‘surprise!’, they already wrote a new album and have it recorded. Of course, I can’t seem to get enough of these Progressive Metallers as of late so a new record was well timed.
I didn’t know if the band was going to be able to top their previous effort. But “The Incurable Tragedy” doesn’t really compete with their last album. Although the album is undeniably INTO ETERNITY, their focus this time around on creating and crafting a concept album takes the band into new territory they have yet to approach – with terrific results.
On the musical side of the release, the band’s fifth full length album is full of great Progressive work for the band as they incorporate Power and Death Metal influence together in a weaving manner. Tim Roth’s guitar work still dazzles me to this day and even though this album feels toned down a bit on the really outrageous stuff there is still some jaw dropping work from him. Similar comments go to the drumming and bass work. Then comes Stu Block. Although his performances on “The Incurable Tragedy” lean toward a more aggressive side and not so much into the catchy arena, its his vocals that seem to be the icing on the INTO ETERNITY cake. And his delivery is top notch. Whether it’s the deep throated guttural work or his Halford-esque soaring notes he is hitting some very good melodies and vocal patterns.
“The Incurable Tragedy” is one of the most emotional records to be released this year. Based on some very real events in guitarist and main songwriter Tim Roth’s life, this album has a connection that I have never heard the band reach. The darker and more aggressive tone that dominates most of the album is counterbalanced with 3 beautiful melodic tracks (respectively “The Incurable Tragedy Part I, II, and III”) are absolutely heart wrenching with emotion. This is something the band has never done before and it works so wonderfully on this album.
“The Incurable Tragedy” may not necessarily be ‘better’ than their previous album but the new direction and new choices work just as well. This is a beautifully crafted album that makes me remember the art form that is Heavy Metal. The song writing does feel a bit choppier and it’s not near as catchy as some of the older material, but the concept and the darker tone to the album make this a definite buy for any Metal head.
Songs to check out: “Tides Of Blood”, “Diagnosis Terminal”, “Indignation”.
(Online September 17, 2008)