Eminence

The God of All Mistakes

Written by: EW on 11/04/2008 23:04:15

When listening to Brazilian Metal bands one can\'t help but think of Sepultura and consciously or not comparing anything to the days when those Belo Horizonte boys were the band for putting Brazil on the map and helping in moving Thrash forwards to Death Metal back in the late 80s. Eminence, who also hail from Belo Horizonte and once featured a certain Jairo Guedz (he of guitarist on the Sep\'s \"Morbid Visions\" LP), share their moments with more modern Sepultura, as well as textures of a range of bands around the Ill Niño, Slipknot mark.

\"The God of All Mistakes\" starts off promisingly enough with riffs heavy enough to wobble your balls down in the pit, let alone get the hair spinning, before a very 21st-Century \"RIGHT!!\" emitted by vocalist Wallace Parreiras kicks the record into gear. The down-tuned nature of the riffs gives the action a nice hefty weight that would make any drunkard clinging to the bar pick himself up and take notice. The drums blast away frantically, and quite interestingly too I must add, with the odd blastbeat here and there sprinkled in with some good rolls and fills. Songs like \"Devil\'s Boulevard\" do themselves no harm with fast, but not too fast, headbang-able riffs that, while hardly challenging the likes of Meshuggah for \"Guitar Wizard of the Year\" awards, are varied enough to progress with the song through what could only be described as the occasional \'beatdown\'-moment and some chant-able chorus sections (more of that soon). The Sepultura-vibe is apparent in the likes of \"Undermind\" as the bass really has some good ol\' welly, thanks to a sterling production from Tue Madsen, but Eminence proceed to shoot themselves in the collective foot on the choruses of the aforementioned \"Undermind\", \"Day 7\" and the title-track. One listens wondering why the band-members felt the need to ditch the flow and aggression in favor of \'nice\' clean-vocal choruses that frankly break up the music, necessitating the remainder of the song to bring it up to the level experienced before. The choruses of tunes such as \"Injected Lies\" show that Eminence need not rely on this as the semi-growled hoarse vocals of Parreiras accompany the music more competently.

Comparisons between Parreiras and Corey Taylor of Slipknot are certainly possible at times on top of the riff structure and the groove of numbers like \"Written in Dust\" aren\'t a million miles from \"Iowa\". Upon reaching the later stages of \"The God...\" some greater variation in song structure would be nice but this is by no means a failure: the bridges breaking up verse and chorus show Eminence are not a clueless band and have given thought to honing an identity. \"The God of All Mistakes\" most certainly appeals to the 21st Century metal head given its excellent production (read: NOT glossy ala Bullet for My Valentine) and nu-metal tinged down-tuned riffing structure, however it does its job well, giving you a damn good punch in the face and showing far more genuine aggression than most efforts committed to tape nowadays.

Download: Resistance, Devil\'s Boulevard
For the fans of: (modern) Sepultura, Slipknot, Machine Head
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Release date 21.03.2008
Locomotive Records
Provided by Target ApS

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