Era Of Ephemeris – Among The Stars (Self Release)
Review by Steve Thomas-Green
Back in the late 90s, mainly because I went to the Dynamo Festival three years in a row, I discovered the likes of Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and Trail of Tears… female fronted Metal was a new experience for me, and I was immediately hooked… I went on to discover the likes of Theatre of Tragedy, Epica and Stream of Passion… and then, well, every band started to sound the same, the market was oversaturated and I gave up on it…
And to be honest, I’ve not really listened to the Symphonic/Gothic side of things, probably for a good decade, bar whatever I’ve played on my radio shows. So when this album was sent to me by guitarist Urban Granbacke (Unfolded, ex. Gates of Ishtar, ex, The Duskfall), I didn’t think I was going to be the one to review it.
But, after just one listen, I was impressed enough to want to cover it myself.
Now, no wheels are being re-invented here. The opening number (ignoring the intro), if I’m being very honest/critical, isn’t the most inspired opening… it’s a bit slow and measured. The lead guitars are very tastefully done, the rhythm section has a nice clout to it. The vocals are impeccable, but the song doesn’t really set the world alight.
And then, the switch is flicked at the start of Another Side Of The Same World, like dark clouds parting to reveal the sun, and the magic of what Era Of Ephemeris are about, is revealed.
I’ve no idea how you classify this these days, as I’ve been out of the loop for at least a decade, but it’s leaning towards the Gothic/Doom side of things, with the welcome addition of some growled male vocals, to counteract the dulcet tones of Rossana Cavallotto, who genuinely has a beautiful voice.
From then on, it’s like being acquainted with a long lost friend. This sits very comfortably with me. It glides along on a very even keel and is very easy on the ear.
I feel that the sound may change slightly, the longer the band are together. Right now, they are slap bang in the middle of the doomier Gothic side of things and the more commercial side. Because Rossana has such a pure voice, I feel they may head in the latter direction, but personally, I think such an unspoilt voice over the top of something a little dirtier and miserable, might just work a treat.
So, a very accomplished debut, and I look forward to seeing how they develop their sound going forward
To hear Another Side Of The Same World check out the latest Toxik Metal show
the song starts at around the 27 minute mark