Released: 2008, Limb music/IntroMental
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Here comes a band from Cyprus that was formed in 2003 by Charalambous and Psillides. After the line-up was solidified, the band began rehearsing to become a tight live act, recorded a demo and shortly after began to receive a nice reputation in Cyprus. Just as all the pieces started to fall into place, the band was struck by a major blow. The bass player was drafted to the military, taking with him both experience and the ability to write great songs. Six months later, just as the good reviews started to flow in, their guitarist was also drafted. A replacement was found and eager for stardom, the band got in touch with Limb Music and inked a deal.
And here is ETERNAL DAMNATION that despite its name isn’t a death or black metal album; it’s more of a melodic power metal album with both progressive and neo-metal influences. It sounds as though the band has looked to Yngwie Malmsteen, Blind Guardian, Hammerfall, Savatage, Edguy and Royal Hunt to find their musical identify because a lot of the songs sounds awfully like above mentioned acts’ material.
Though Winter’s Verge is comprised of talented musicians, the album is completely devoid of creativity, passion and inspiration. Most of the songs sound like they have been done before by well known bands and it seems as though Winter’s Verge has some serious problems finding their own identity. The band also tries to cover as many different genres as possible within their melodic power metal genre and sometimes the songs have a tendency of becoming really messy.
While most members of the band are brilliant musicians, the singer is the weakest link. He doesn’t have enough vocal strength and ability to carry the tunes a step further. It works pretty well when he keeps within his vocal range, but when he attempts the higher notes it all falls flat.
ETERNAL DAMNATION feels too weak, plain and boring to be taken seriously and that’s a pity with such great musicians. I’m sure the guys have tried their best to create the music they love, but as it is now there are too many different genres in one, the material lacks vision and they sound like a tribute band to the ones I mentioned earlier in the review. Better luck next time Winter’s Verge.