Evenoire - Vitriol 3.5/5

Reviewed: 6-1-12





Tracklist:

1. Vitriol
2. Days of the blackbird
3. Misleading paradise
4. Forever gone
5. The prayer
6. Girl by the lake
7. Minstrel of dolomites
8. Alchimia
9. Wise king


Evenoire is a lightly symphonic gothic metal band from Italy and this is their debut studio CD. They feature several different gothic metal styles. The predominant style, represented on about half the songs, is heavy, dense, crunchy symphonic gothic metal with poppy choruses that reminds the listener immediately of recent Within Temptation. There are a couple of epic, bombastic symphonic/choral gothic metal songs that remind the listener of recent Epica. There are a couple of heavy, melancholy ballads that remind the listener of Kingfisher Sky, and a festive folk rock song that reminds the listener of mid-period Lyriel. Almost all the songs feature a prominent flute, courtesy of the vocalist.

Of all the bands that have obviously influenced Evenoire, Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation seems to have influenced their singer, Elisa "Lisy" Stefanoni, the most in terms of vocal approach and expression. But in contrast to Sharon’s warm, rich soprano, Lisy has a rather deep mezzo-soprano approach, though on the poppy choruses she can sound amazingly like Sharon. Lisy’s delivery is diverse, expressive and often enthusiastic; that said, although it may be her slight accent or where her voice is placed in the mix, she often has a somewhat thin, almost strained, timbre in her voice which is ever so slightly distracting.

‘Vitriol’ is a promising but uneven debut, largely because Evenoire doesn’t seem to know what style of gothic metal they really want to play; indeed, it would take a remarkable band to play all these styles well. They are most convincing and enjoyable when they play Within Temptation-style songs, so a good half of the CD is excellent, but in general the other songs, while not filler, aren’t as captivating or memorable. With a stronger focus on what they do well, I think Evenoire have the talent to make a killer sophomore CD.



CHRIS




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