Released: 2010, My Kingdom Music
Eversin is an Italian trio that formed in 2000 and that have just released their second full length album, DIVINE DISTOPIA, to complement their two earlier demos and one previous full length. The press release describes the band as “techno power metal”, a curious attribution and one that I can assure you is not accurate. I guess this should not come as a surprise, as the band’s command of the English language is limited at this point, as evidenced by the track “Wings Ov Tears”. Eversin are a power metal band, with many of the expected progressive tendencies power metal bands display. Most of you who have read my reviews are familiar with how worthless I find most metalcore to be, but if there is a more maligned metal genre amongst other metal lovers it is power metal. Fortunately for this band, I can admire well-constructed power metal provided it is done sensibly and with an emphasis on song craft. This gave them a better than decent chance that I would give them a fair review out of the gate.
I will not bother mincing words here. The music is really quite decent. There are many good melodic solos and structures, and while a bit note-dense at times, it is not nearly as pretentious or overblown as many progressive metal albums. Nevertheless this album leans far more towards the progressive side of things, and so some songs go on for longer than they should. “Wings Ov Tears” has a nice breakdown, and album highlight “Suddenly” is probably the most complete realization of the band's vision of power metal with a nice acoustic intro and blistering progressive rhythms and time changes. Album closer “In My Dreams They Live” is a decent ballad that probably features vocalist Angelo Ferrante’s best effort. Giangabriele Lo Pilato is an excellent guitarist who will most likely move on to bigger and better things and the rhythm section smokes as well.
Despite the many catchy pieces in sections of songs, no one song is especially gripping or memorable. The biggest problem with this album though are the vocals. Angelo Ferrante is a fine bass player, but man these vocals are just not going to cut it. For one, the English mangling is noticeable enough to be distracting. Singing in his native language might have been better in this case. Second, his tone, pitch, or whatever it is seems "off“ for this style of music. One moment he is out of tune and at other times the style just does not seem to fit a particular section of a song. The keyboards play a minor role, but like the vocals they do not seem to be really locking in with the overall structures of many of the tunes. In sum, this is a band with potential that is hampered by inferior vocals and songs that do not seem to leave a lasting impression. Recommended only for the most die hard of power metal and progressive metal fans. I would rank this a 3 without the vocals.