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Nature - Existence

a Studio release
by
Echoes

Release Year: 2010

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Nature'Existence tells a story of love found and lost over the cyclical nature of life, where epilogues are the beggining of new experiences and breakups are a prologue to life shifting again
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 1/30/2010 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 11/20/2014 7:30:00 PM by: DBSilver
  1. Epilogue - Is Where we Start (2:48)
  2. Rude Awakening (6:32)
  3. Leaf Motif (6:11)
  4. Lullaby (4:21)
  5. Bonfires (3:21)
  6. Unfair (6:15)
  7. Seasons Came to Pass (1:44)
  8. Far from Coincidence (4:17)
  9. Despair (5:33)
  10. Winds of Dread (3:40)
  11. Farewell (3:32)
  12. Proglogue - Where We End (4:48)

Javier Landaeta
Guitar


Antonio Silva
Guitar


Rafael Sequera
Guitar


Alfredo Ovalles
Keyboard


Jorge Rojas
Bass Guitar


Miguel Moliné
Drums


With:

Tobias Jansson: Vocals

Nick Storr: Vocals

Carl Webb: Vocals

Pedro Castillo: Vocals

Dave Duffus: Saxophone

Anechoic Chamber String Quartet: strings

Reviewed by Nuno on 18 Feb 2010


Venezuelan outfit Echoes is releasing their debut and are already showing great promise, or, if you’ll allow me, great certainty. This is a band that simply emerges from obscurity with a great album and an even better perception of what they want to play. In fact, the thing that stands out immediately is the confidence with which they represent their musicality and the ingenious way they put that choice into practice.

Nature Existence presents us a sonic trip through melodic progressive metal with an obvious emphasis on the progressive side of it. The tracks are constructed in a way that, despite better characterized as mellow/melodic prog-metal, may enthusiasm neo-prog and contemporary symphonic prog lovers, math rock listeners and even some more mainstream alternative lovers. They do put some weight and relative aggressiveness in their riffs and basic architectures, but the prog-rock sense is always present through their use of calmer parts, keyboard tapestries or even some more post-rock-driven approaches. The result is quite good, as the band is able to transpose all these concepts into something  that is immensely compact and dynamic, as it is fluid, compelling and consistent.

While always maintaining a more accurate tendency to the prog-metal, this band is able to introduce certain nuances to their music that makes them not only original but also a band to follow, making the listener wait in expectation for their next release. The way they incorporate (subtly) folk instruments, sax, strings and other details, not only varies their spectra and adds colors to an already colorful palette but also makes the listener come back to find more details in the next listening experience. The obvious Dream Theater and Shadow Gallery references are enriched by the math-rock capabilities and a certain Floydish feel that they sometimes hide and other times make quite explicit.

As I particularly like, the vocals are emotional and elucidative, working many times as a driver and other times as another instrument in the mix.  The playing is particularly good, but the interplay that the band is able to show is an ever higher asset.

This is a great album to be discovered by those who like the more melodic, yet quite worked out and crafted side of progressive metal. But many other fringes of listeners may like this if they give it a try. Comprehensive, well played, strong and emotional…very good indeed!