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Titans Eve
Life Apocalypse
August 2012
Released: 2012, Indie
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Metal Spotlight-Part 1



About once (maybe twice) a year or so I’ll dig down deep into the frozen permafrost of the Canadian Metal scene and share some worthy releases with a wider audience. Since we don’t get summer up here in the Great White North I’ll bring you a little cold front of Metal albums and do a quick review of seven recent albums by newer bands from coast to coast. Being a Canadian writing for a Canadian site it is the least I can do, in a patriotic sense, to help give a little exposure to my fellow Metallions of the north but that doesn’t means they get a free ride, just because they are Canadian! These bands actually deserve your attention;



Demona (Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, Alberta)

Kemilon (Montreal, Quebec)

Striker (Edmonton, Alberta)

Titan’s Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Valfreya (Montreal, Quebec)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, Alberta)



Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature. Next month we will feature:



Auroch (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Begrime Exemious (Edmonton, Alberta)

Black Moor (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Dark Forest (Calgary, Alberta)

Maglor (Calgary, Alberta)

Odium (Walkerton, Ontario)

Ze (Calgary, Alberta)



Enjoy!



I’ve been following the growth of Titans Eve as a journalist and a fan for a few years now and I continue to be impressed by this latest effort. Heavier and faster than THE DIVINE EQUAL from 2010, LIFE APOCALYPSE is a darker, meaner, album as well. For an indie product, the album is very well done. First impressions are important and the cover art looks great and would remind you of any number of apocalyptic disaster films. Look for the floating coffins! The package on this 11 cut, 38-minute collection of songs is totally professional. The band drafted up and coming producer Sacha Laskow of Divinity fame and his production values are excellent. He also contributes a little extra instrumentation in the form of cello, violin and piano. Speaking of instruments, including the intro there are three instrumentals on the record and my favourite is ‘The Wound That Never Heals’ with it’s melancholy tone and nice, acoustic guitar work. I’m not sure how well it will work live but it breaks up the albums intensity nicely. There is some great soling on ‘The Abyss’ and ‘Hollow Gods’ buried at Track 8 stands out to me as one of the stronger songs.



Overall, the band play Metal, some people have described them as thrash but I think they are a bit more sophisticated than just a simple retro thrash band. There is some groove and modern hints, perhaps 90’s Anthrax, Annihilator being touchstones but even then, that sells the band short. All the individual performances are well done and the throaty roar of the Gamblin brothers, working in tandem provide what seems to be a layered vocal sound at times. LIFE APOCALYPSE is not a super-intense frantic, yelpy thrash album like Overkill or Nuclear Assault but far more refined and concerned with a good song, rather than just chasing the riff. Titans Eve keep getting better and better and are well worth your time.
Track Listing

1. Overcast
2. Destined to Die
3. Road to Ruin
4. The Abyss
5. Descension
6. Life Apocalypse
7. A Wound that Never Heals
8. Hollow Gods
9. Divided we Fall
10. Frozen in Time
11. The Void

Lineup

Brian Gamblin Guitars, vocals
Kyle Gamblin Guitars, vocals
Jesse Hord Bass
Casey Ory Drums


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