Released: 2004, Karmageddon Media / Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Ad Vitam Aeternam is a French band that was established in 1999 by Jean and Cathy. The band consists of 6 members (2 women) between 26 and 32 years in age. I don’t have any info about what studio they’ve used to record this, their debut album, but the album was engineered and mixed by Jean-Marc Delavallée at Studio Marcadet. I don’t know who’s the producer behind this but whoever he/she is the person has done a horrible job. It all sounds really uninspired and boring, in other words, a catastrophe. The keyboard is way too high up in the mix and that also goes for the boring death metal vocals that drown out the clean vocals.
The music is defined as gothic metal and sure, this is gothic but there’s absolutely no metal at all anywhere on the album. The music is also enormously monotonous and incredibly boring. For some mysterious reason they have added death metal vocals by Fabien, who by the way shouldn’t even be near a mic at all. It’s not possible at all to hear what the man’s singing about. Céline, who’s responsible for the lead clean vocals, hasn’t got so much to offer either. She sounds weak and, just as the music, extremely monotonous.
Ad Vitam Aeternam runs through 8 tracks on this 45 minute album, but the album feels like it goes on forever and ever. For the love of Smurphs, it never ends! All the music is written by Cathy and Jean. Cathy also has written most of the lyrics. The quality of the songs is below all standards. The only positive thing is that almost all songs, but one, are in English and the other track is in French.
I’m sorry to say that I have nothing remotely positive to say about this album. The production is poor. A singer that hasn’t got much of a voice and death metal vocals that destroy the entire album. Not to mention the lack of good material. This is an incredibly boring gothic album with an extremely boring cover. Personally I think they should go back to the rehearsing room and think about what they’re doing because this is nothing to spend your money on at all.
The info note calls this a “very strong debut album by this promising French gothic metal band”.