Echoes In Eternity

Into The Negative

Artist : Virgin Black
Genre : Nu Death Metal
Format : CD

It was only 12 months prior to this release that Echoes In Eternity formed and released their EP Time Is Distance. Since then, Echoes In Eternity have been pumping out track after track. Each time, managing to discover new levels in their songwriting ability while exploring the boundaries within the various genres they have become known for.

Into The Negative, available now, is the band’s first full-length album. This album announces to the world that these guys mean business when it comes to producing solid content and reveals something quite unique for those taking but a moment to indulge themselves. Not just your Uber Death Metal band, these guys push the envelope and move the goalposts around as they see fit.

Rarely are we gifted with a vocalist who can provide such clean vocals buried deep within the guttural growls synonymous with this type of genre, then propel them from the hellish depths to offer something rather majestic. Aptly supported by a thundering bottom end and rounded out with masterful riffs and some very intelligent guitar work, overall, the album delivers on the core nuances of what heavy metal is all about.

It’s clear from the outset, beginning with their recent single Retaliate, that this album will rip your face off. Nevertheless, as one moves through the imposing journey each track offers, one discovers that it’s more about the removal of that proverbial old face, elegantly redefining it and slamming back in place to look all-new, ameliorated and better than ever before as it all ends with single Not Anymore.

Vocalist Lee ‘Liggy’ Gardiner has been very open about his intentions on the album’s theme. Collectively, the songs explore and address issues surrounding the rotting pain of various addictions in the world today, and the deplorable effects they have on not only the individuals themselves but also that which ripples out through family, friends and beyond. Yet, while the album explores this more sinister side of life, it also casts a slither of light on the importance of family.

As guitarist and co-writer Aidan Cibich explains, “Since day one this band has been family. The hard work we put into this album reflects that, but also reflects who we are as people. I couldn’t be more proud of this, from the songs, the artwork, production, every little detail of this album is something special, because it’s a reflection of who we are and where we are at right now.”

Heavy Weights, sitting midway in the tracklist, shifts to a different groove with the introduction of multi-award-winning Pacific Island artist-vocalist Elena Baravilala providing backing vocals. Elena is family, and her angelic mezzo-soprano vocals add a kind of glowing radiance to a song that explores the slavery and decay that hard addictions cause.

In all, Into the Negative is a massive step forward for this band as they work meticulously on always improving their craft. Echoes In Eternity are poised to become a firm favourite with metal fans far and wide and have already begun working on a number of tracks scheduled for release in late 2022.