From Long Island, NY comes the metal band Eternity Fallen, a four piece act consisting of Evan Kuriga (guitar, lead vocals), Dave Dixon (drums, vocals, keyboards), John J. Iadevaid (bass, vocals), and Cristian Mendez (guitar, vocals, keyboards). Changes is their debut 5 song EP, and while it might not set the world on fire with originality, the band more than make up for it with memorable songs, crushing riffs, and an enjoyable mix of vocal styles.
Kuriga is an exceptional singer with a wide range, as he moves from soaring clean passages to gruff, aggressive moments quite easily. Not sure if he is also handling the occasional growl here or if that falls to one of the other members, but either way, in the vocal department Eternity Fallen are on the right track. The music here is a mix of modern metal styles, and you can hear some Fear Factory, Korn, Soilwork, All That Remains, Evergrey, and other influences creep into their songs. "Epitaph", "Sleepwalk", and "Dead & Cold" are heavy hitting metal rockers, long on beefy guitar riffs, pounding rhythms, a smattering of keyboards, and layers of vocals. The title track is actually the lone mellow piece here, an emotional ballad that again shows the talents of Kuriga. Closer "Distant Awakening" throws crushing metalcore, thrash, and deathcore at the listener, but still manages to sprinkle in some melodic moments that have an almost gothic feel. Nicely done.
As I mentioned earlier, don't expect a re-writing of the metal playbook here on Changes, but Eternity Fallen have loads of talent, and I could easily see them making some waves when they get around to putting together their first full length release. Memorable songs, solid musicianship, and outstanding vocals make up Changes, so if you are into modern metal at all, this would certainly be an EP to check out, and a band to keep an eye on.
3 Dead & Cold
5 Distant Awakening