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Evemaster - MMIV Lacrimae Mundi - 2005 - Crash Music

Track Listing
1. Pandemonium
2. Whispers
3. Embraced
4. Archways
5. Lacrimae Mundi
6. Epistelium (The Storm Rises)
7. Equinox Nocturne
8. We Rock
Crash Music has just about covered all the bases this first part of 2005. From standard death metal in Relentless, power metal in Myon, thrash metal in Flotsam & Jetsam, gothic metal in Unshine, and now black metal with the likes of Kult ov Azazel and now Evemaster. "MMIV Lacrimae Mundi" marks the third record from Finland's Evemaster, a band that seems to be gaining attention with their brand of melodic mayhem. As bands like Children Of Bodom, Throne Of Chaos, and Evemaster journey on, the thin barrier between power metal and extreme seems to be weakening, with nothing more than vocal delivery between the two genres at this point.

Evemaster play a dynamic brand of extreme metal, with plenty of twin guitar harmony and the most vicious of vocalists in Taskula, a young man who has a sinister black metal range. The group certainly display the razzle/dazzle of an Iron Maiden or In Flames but at the same time they mix in well timed keyboard arrangements and deep group vocal chants. The band never stray far from their fast tempo pace, only tempting the listener with gothic overtones before heading back into the storm.

Songs like "Embraced" and "Equinox Nocturne" play the part of the diverse metal musician, with plenty of atmospheric elements and sleepy keys for effect. The group mix it up nicely however, throwing fastballs like "Whispers" and "Lucrimae Mundi" right down the plate. Evemaster also mix in some session musicians for clean vocals and the synth effects. Overall this has been done before but for the most part the band keep it interesting. Nice artwork and packaging!


--EC 08.11.05

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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.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
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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