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Evanesce
Schemes Of Subvertion
Type: CD
Company: No Face Records
Release: 2003
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 11/27/2003
Pretty average Swedish death metal
Evanesce - Schemet Of Subvertion 2003 No Face Records - Reviewed by EC

Track Listing
1.Final Amnesia
2.Near Life Experience
3.naMelpoePetaHI
4.Reclaimed Land
Evanesce play pretty average Swedish death metal ala At The Gates and Dark Tranquility. The only real difference here is the fact that Evanesce hail from England. This new EP, out now on No Face Records, is the debut release from this young Liverpool band.

One thinks of the early sounds of Callenish Circle and Novembers Doom with opening track "Final Amnesia ". Evanesce likes to throw some downtuned playing in with their brand of melodic death metal to add a bit of a doomy dimension to the take. "Near Life Experience" rushes the line with an overdose of Gothenburg styled death metal with plenty of twin guitar and cookie monster growls. "Reclaimed Land" is almost Floridian death metal, with some extremely raw vocals ala Glen Benton (Deicide) in his youth.

This type of thing has really been done to death, no pun intended. I really wish we could hear something new and fresh from these acts, but thus far they seem really pleased just playing what has lately become very stale, standard death metal. Not really my thing, but others may eat this up.


--EC 11.29.03
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
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3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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