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Released: 2002, Scarlet Records
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen
I heard this Brazilian progressive power combo on a compilation cd from the Brazilian PlanetMetal mag for the first time and immediately paid attention to the real catchy melodies and vocals harmonies in a track called “The Gate.” They made me to listen to the track all over again several times. When Eterna’s cd one day dropped in my mail, I was very surprised to see which label had licensed the whole album for the European market--the Italian Scarlet. Another surprise came when I checked out the official bio sheet--I couldn’t believe my eyes, the band had put out albums three in a row with some local Brazilian label, had opened for Rhapsody, and had managed to establish a solid following there in Brazil. The third surprise was the amount of tracks on the cd: 12. But, unfortunately, I was kinda disappointed at the material of The Gate. It just didn’t impress me at all. The stuff had been carried out very technical which more or less ruins the overall interest of tracks.
The most interesting and above all the greatest track from the whole album is definitely the title track. It is real obvious Eterna need to get out of Brazil when recording the next album, in order to have good massive and powerful soundquality. The sounds on the cd don’t give a fair impression of Eterna’s skills to compose the material, because the production level in studios in Brazil ain’t high, I'm afraid. Secondly, in my opinion Eterna needs to have an opportunity to go to Europe and open for bigger bands to obtain more of a following in Europe and get the needed press coverage.
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