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Of Infinity: Essence of Infinity (demo)

San Antonio Texas' own Of Infinity has just released their 3 track CD Demo entitled The Essence Of Infinity. This is a moody and heavy piece,with the almost Angelic voice of Alessandra Zinicola cutting through the well orchestrated melodies. She really does have a great voice, and it is very powerful. One can see how her influences in such bands as Nightwish show in her delivery. Nazareth Sando on guitar plays to a frenzy over the drumming (which on this release was programmed.) Kurtis Kyllo holds the whole piece together on the bass.

"The Voice Without" has some great hooks in it, and it is a thundering piece when it gets rolling. I thought I was listening to a professional label release because the overall production is very close to that side. The band members clearly took some extra care in making sure this was the best it could be. "Shadow Of A Lie" is a slower heavy track during the beginning which ends in a furious display of melodic skills. It is also the longest track on the CD. Lastly, "It's Only For Forever" can be almost thought of as a power ballad for there is a slight feel in that vein during this track.

Criticisms: Yes I do have a couple of minor ones. I would have liked to see more tracks put forth by this group, since I liked the ones on the CD. I also would have enjoyed a packaging with more pictures and perhaps lyrics. Beyond that it is a fine CD.

So who should take the time to check out Of Infinity? Well, to be quite honest anyone who enjoys the moody and dramatic Goth stylings of bands like Within Temptation or Epica and After Forever. Fans of power metal will also enjoy it, for there is a degree of that inside these three tracks as well. I was impressed by the demo, and it's not that easy to win me over these days. There is just too few bands willing to try and be different. I shall keep my fingers crossed for their hopeful signing of a record deal. This CD is available on their site. It is worth a listen.

Track Listing
1. The Voice Without
2. Shadow Of A Lie
3. It's Only For Forever

Added: March 29th 2005
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Of Infinity Official Site
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Language: english

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Of Infinity: Essence of Infinity (demo)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-03-29 08:43:50
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Of Infinity have struck an impressive chord on their demo EP The Essence of Infinity, at a time when music of this genre, that being gothic & progressive power metal, is hot. With the vocals of Allesandra Zinicola soaring above the crushing guitars of Nazareth Sando, majestic keyboard stylings, and the pounding rhythm section of bassist Kurtis Kyllo and drummer Carlos Teller, this band from San Antonio, Texas instantly brings to mind such groups as Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, and Edenbridge. While the EP contains only three tracks and roughly fifteen minutes of music, this is classy metal that is well played, well written, and very symphonic. Give a listen to the orchestral metal of "Shadow of a Lie", an impressive number with meaty guitar riffs, violins, and loads of synths. Allesandra's vocals and piano melodies are simply gorgeous on the passionate "It's Only Forever", a song that will easily appeal to prog and metal lovers alike.

This is certainly a band to watch out for, and a full-length release will be eagerly anticipated by this writer.

Of Infinity: Essence of Infinity (demo)
Posted by Dean Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-01-13 10:55:39
My Score:

Of Infinity is a female – fronted melodic metal band that bases itself in San Antonio, Texas. To describe their music words such as Gothic, dark, elegant, powerful, sophisticated, and passionate are fitting terms. One thing that strikes me immediately about this project, is how everything they do is so well thought out. From the musical arrangements, to the presentation and promotion of the band, even the name of this 3 song release The Essence Of Infinity. These are 3 prime cuts of Gothic metal that radiates a dark beauty that in all honesty took my breath away when I gave it a listen! They do an excellent of literally capturing the essence of infinity's music within these 3 songs…

The level of talent in this band is formidable. Vocalist Allesandra Zinicola, is a graduate of the Trinity College of London and also is a former Utah Opera and Symphony composer. Guitarist Nazareth Sando is a guitar instructor in addition to being Of Infinity's axe shredder. It's really no wonder that the arrangements to the songs on this EP are so well thought out and organized, because it simply reflects how every aspect of this band is so carefully thought and executed.

Now to the songs themselves…

The opening track "The Voice Without" blends a dark speed metal fury with the elegance of a harpsichord, Allesandra's sweet vocal, and a slower section which features a piano. The second song "Shadow Of A Lie" is slower in tempo and features a violin performance by Berklee college graduate Emily Hesterman. The final track "It's Only For Forever" has a sort of bluesy rhythm blended with an over all medieval feeling. The result is very enchanting, and yet another example of how this band excels at blending different musical colors and shades to the maximum effect.

I see a very bright future for this band. With Gothic metal gaining momentum in the United States, with bands such as Evanescence, there is certainly room for a band that combines music that will certainly appeal to this market with European style sophistication and neoclassical elements. I really look forward to the first full length release from this band, and I have no doubt whatsoever that it will the potential to gain a big following on both sides of the Atlantic!

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