MetalBite Review by Allan on 10/15/2003
By the time I absorbed the opening song 'Maybe The Earth Is Flat,'
all of my worries were put to rest. Eulogy Record's On Broken Wings
, a six piece metalcore outfit from Boston, didn't introduce themselves with harmonized leads or half-assed screaming. Instead, they focused in on making the ground shake as they unleashed a heavy, bludgeoning sound. "Some Of Us May Never See The World"
is their debut album, and already things seem very promising for these guys.
These days the melody infested hardcore scene is far too overcrowded for its own good, and even that is an understatement. On Broken Wings
don't exactly fit into that roster, which of course makes me happy. Instead, they revert to keeping things down to their bare bones. Other than a subtle touch of synths and samples, to hell with all of the amiable melodies, the trappings of emo, and the pseudo emotionally charged clean sections and bright choruses... well, for the most part. What is all of that anyway? I'll tell you: it's a vein attempt at appeasing the legions of hardcore fans, and a good way to make yourself transparent and wear your influences on your sleeves.
Now, are On Broken Wings
wholly original? No. But hey, at least their music has heart and soul. At least it's interesting and keeps your attention focused on the music instead of letting you drift off into other activities. Their sound is mammoth, and the death metal influence only drives the fierce rhythms and fiery vocals further into intensity. The thick, semi-warm production doesn't hurt either. The musicianship is also on the right track: tight, well played, and at times creative.
On Broken Wings
provide a good listen that can be staggering and downright awesome at times. "Some Of Us May Never See The World"
easily earns multiple listens and is easy to derive quite a bit of listening pleasure out of. It's not groundbreaking, and not what I would call earth shattering, but it is one of the better metalcore releases of 2003.
out of 10