Released: 2002, Century Media
STILL IN THE GREY DYIING was the first release by Italian Dark Metallers Evenfall. This CD consisted of melodic maidenish compositions, mixed with some Black Metal influences, mainly in the vocal department and some Gothic Metal. This CD was not a real standout, but had some decent moments.
Three years later came CUMBERSOME, a great step forward in the bands history, even if it may not be a true masterpiece. CUMBERSOME is a good CD that will have you entertained as long as your player is spinning it.
In CUMBERSOME we find lots of smartly crafted electronic ambiance with pretty interesting keyboard playing. Some of the songs with this great atmosphere are "Dogma" and "Overcast Sky". A surprise is the cover of "Entre Dos Tierras" from the infamous Spanish band Heroes del Silencio, kick ass. In general terms songs are great.
The only negative aspect of CUMBERSOME is the male vocal department, annoying. His vocals are just too screechy from the beginning and this makes the female singers angelic voice not so interesting at all. If they only had a better male singer…
The production is flawless. Heavy and crispy clear drums, great, great great guitar sound and incredibly thick keyboards. The guitar playing has some rock influenced work, chech out "Rawish", which brings some freshness to the CD.
CUMBERSOME is a good CD for Black/Gothic Metal lovers and for Lacuna Coil fans. You will find catchy choruses thanks to the female singers beautiful, powerful and well though voice arrangements. Forget the male vocalist and this will be a great listen, but if you cant, sorry, this will annoy you to death!!!! Stay Heavy!!!!