Roundtable Review: Eldritch – Tasting The Tears


Label: Scarlet Records

Release Date:  February 17th 2014

Songs:  11

Genre:  Progressive power metal

Studio Albums:  Eight previous full lengths, first one released in 1995

Location:  Florence, Italy

WarpRider –Initially, I thought this was going to be a cheese-laden truck load of power metal, but after hearing the first few songs, their more aggressive approach kept me interested in hearing the rest. I like the heavy rhythm that is most prominent in their songs. The keys do not steal the show. Also, a nice touch are the melodic guitar solos. All in all, a nice package of songs I think I will return to from time to time. 3.5

Irmelinis – This band has some really good songs (look up “Deviation”, for example) and albums out, but unfortunately this is not one of them. I can’t get over the out-of-place Eurovision-styled keyboards in the background of every track and the lyrics are way too simple for my taste. That said, the vocals are absolutely fantastic as they always have been, Terence Holler is a beast behind the microphone! The proggier parts are very enjoyable, but they are too few. Overall, this does not work for me. Sorry, guys! 2.0

ChristopherMammal – It’s easy to understand why Eldritch have had such a long career and released so many albums… they’re fucking brilliant. There’s something about power metal – maybe the epic nature of the music, the deep passion that goes into it – that seems to make Italians especially good in this genre. Eldritch’s added component of prog metal injects just the right balance of restrained interludes, changes of time signature and building tension. Terence Holler’s gruffer, slightly deeper tenor adds even more character to the top-class compositions. 4.7

A Metal State of Mind Score (based on three ratings)– 3.4 out of 5

On a scale of 1-5 with a 1 being an abysmal album, a 2.5 being a halfway point (an O.K. album), and a 5 being outstanding.

About Irmelinis

A friend told me that I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.

Posted on March 18, 2014, in Album Reviews, Roundtable Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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