EVEREVE have worn many masks during their shape-shifting career. They started out as a multicoloured Metal inspired act when they released the highly acclaimed “Seasons” in 96, which was followed by the original and mesmerising “Stormbirds”. The band went on and progressed into a Modern Gothic/Semi Industrial Metal sound (Cyber Gothic Metal according to the band) with their last album “E-Mania” which also marked a new beginning for the German quintet and now it’s time for the reigning cybergoths to release their fifth album with the long title “Enetics – Massenjoyment From The Dark Side Of The Planet”, now, let’s see if they pulled it of.
What’s most noticeable is the band’s new balance between modern PARADISE LOST (around “One Second” and “Believe In Nothing”) rock anthems, creepy RAMMSTEIN bashers and their sinister and experimental trademarks.
Another interesting fact is that things are heavier this time. Keyboards and electronics are still very much an integral part of the sound but it’s as if they’ve been pushed back a bit. Although I hear subtle influences from... brace yourself... Pop Rock scene (characterised by “Her Last Summer”), the album is still very heavy, definitely a lot heavier than “E-Mania”.
As always, the cybergoths are not afraid to try out new things. “Enetics” has some mixed experimentation, like epic orchestrations, small appearances of cellos and the already mentioned Pop sounds, which I urge them to flush down the drain right away. Standout tracks are ”X-istence (I’m Free), “December Wounds”, “SilverGod” (contains cool JUDAS PRIEST riff) and the closing track “1951”, which undoubtedly is the band’s darkest piece yet.
MZ EVE 51 puts on a great performance. His deep voice, sometimes reminiscent of MOONSPELL’s Fernando Ribeiro, fits perfectly with the music, very haunting. He sings with more confidence this time, I think that was his main flaw on “E-Mania”.
The crystal clear, heavy and cybereseque sound is the albums strongest point, very complex and modern, but what really pleases me is that the guitars are twice as heavy.
If you are one of the E-maniacs who enjoyed “E-Mania”, I’m sure you’ll like this one as well. (Online August 16, 2004)