When I first discovered Eldritch some time ago I was so impressed that I promptly tracked down their releases which included some impressive remasters of Eldritch's early albums, I soon found that this was a band that was not afraid to experiment with their sound. The Italian group who perform a powerful cocktail of progressive, power and thrash metal have been releasing albums since 1995's Seeds Of Rage. Inspired by bands such Queensryche, Fates Warning, Metallica, Coroner and the Canadian thrashers Annihilator who's influence you can also hear in some of their songs.
A few years have past since their last release 2011's Gaia's Legacey a strong metal concept recording based around global warming. Now we have Eldriitch's ninth release Tasting The Tears which caught me totally off guard as I wasn't aware of a new Eldritch release so it was promptly added to my order and I eagerly awaited its arrival.
If you have followed their prior albums then that very accessible heavy and melodic Eldritch metal is still in play featuring the powerful combination of guitarists Eugene Simone and Rudj Ginanneschi. Vocalist Terence Holler has a distinct voice his vocals play a large part in their songs and sure there are those customary inviting solos but Tasting The Tears isn't one for extensive instrumental inclusions most of the tracks are of standard duration. Eldritch haven't lost their heaviness on Tasting The Tears as you crank up "Inside You" that power hits hard. A potent drum, guitar, keyboard introduction kicks off title track "Tasting The Tears" as Eldritch's show stylistically they still remain the band I have been following, not altering like others have done with some less then startling results. Eldritch are "Waiting For Something to believe in" as the melodic chorus of track four picks up the tempo of this enjoyable track. "Something Strong" goes from a rampaging start to a heavy progressive metal meets thrash feel. "Love From A Stone" has an effective progressive/power metal groove and that metal continues on "Clouds" where once more the keyboards are very effective.
There is a substantial serving of material on Tasting The Tears to take in which is sure to please those who appreciate that bang for buck, and closing the album Eldritch have included a cover of Queensryche's "I Will Remember". Tasting The Tears is another consistent Eldritch album that just gets better the more you listen, and in the end I don't really care for comparisons on which is their best release and where Tasting The Tears rates in comparison. When I have sure got my money's worth and then some with hours of enjoyment from the songs of this underrated metal band.
Eldritch get an "A" for perseverance having formed back in 1991 and surprisingly some twenty plus years later they still seem to fly below the radar so it's great to see Eldritch continuing to release new material, and maybe Tasting The Tears will finally be their big breakthrough.
1. Inside You
2. Tasting The Tears
3. Alone Again
4. Waiting For Something
5. Seeds Of Love
6. The Trade
7. Something Strong
8. Don't Listen
10. Love From A Stone
12. I Will Remember