|Review: Echoterra - The Law of One|
|The Law of One|
Label: Blinding Force
Year released: 2009
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: February 20, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:The Law of One
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)
A new name to come out of the overstocked femme metal factory, studio project Echoterra and their debut release The Law of One tick all the right boxes and think outside of none of them with this stinted, under-produced stab at the genre, proving that even when composed of established musicians, the metal super group does not always work.
Featuring former Therion backing vocalist Suvi Virtanen, Pyramaze keyboarder Jonah Weingarten, Epicurean stickman John Gensmer, bassist/vocalist Brian Hollenbeck, and hilariously named Avian guitarist Yan Leviathan, Echoterra should have their eye on the ball here, but sadly due to an hideously bad production – I've heard Black Metal demos better than this, honest to God; demos - The Law of One sounds stolid, muddy, and unprofessional, which is a slight on the level of musicianship displayed here, being of such reasonable quality. If you can get over the awful production – and I dare you – there is some enjoyable fare to be had. Primarily, this is pure Edenbridge worship, with all the soaring, otherworldly melodies and blissful symphonics of their earlier records recreated by Echoterra through Visions of Atlantis-like song structures, and Stratovarius speed. Virtanen has a gentle, airy style that works well on somber ballad "The Wind Surrounds You" and yet fails during bombastic galloper "Water Falls", and the drums, while expertly played, sound far too realistic for the style, conjuring the image of a baboon with worms tumbling over the kit with reckless regard.
With a little time, The Law of One, despite its many, many flaws, grows on you like untimely pubic hair; you want to ignore it, but for some reason you can't, and you find your mind going back to it again and again. Fans of Symphonic Metal will not be missing much if they sidestep this thing, but if you're after a challenge of endurance, picking up The Law of One might not be such a bad idea.
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