Spider Rockets

Ever After

Written by: DY on 05/12/2007 02:17:07

Despite the fact that originally I was excited about listening to this band because their name struck me as interesting/quirky, I've been really looking forward to reviewing this album for one reason, and one reason only. Once it's written, I don't have to listen to this band ever again. That sounds pretty harsh I know, and to be honest it is unfair on 3 of the 4 members of this band that are actually doing a decent job. To be honest, it's vocalist Helena Cos that I think deserves the slap for making me want to pull my ears off every time I listen to "Ever After", because she has pretty much single handedly destroyed what otherwise could have been a listenable album.

Let me just give you an idea of what "Ever After" sounds like. It's basically dark and fairly heavy rock, combined with grunge influences (that's a bad idea) and heavy metal roots. Vocals aside, the album works quite well and there are some impressive moments, not of technical ability but some nice atmospheric guitar parts that fill the listeners ears with high end and heavily distorted Drowning Pool type sounds. That said, there are some nice solo's dotted around on the album but usually they can't be appreciated due to the fact that your brain is constantly reaching for the 'off' button because of the assault that Cos' vocals are raging on your ears.

This brings me to my main grievance. Cos dominates this album. Her voice soars high above everything else you hear on the album, largely due to the mix that has been used in the production, and leaves everything else pretty much buried underneath. You get the feeling that this is a solo album on her part with a backing band in tow. Now this wouldn't be such a problem were it not for the fact that I've never heard anything as bad as what Cos belts out throughout the album. It's not her vocal abilities which let her down, to her credit she appears to have a great voice, but it's the way in which she uses it which grates me. Both lyrically and in terms of delivery she has got it completely wrong and the record is unfortunately turned into one disaster after another.

It's almost like she is trying to sing in the most annoying way possible and succeeding. Every song is characterized by her persistent wailing in the most unenjoyable form imaginable and it flatters neither the band nor herself. The opening of "Hate" makes me reciprocate just those feelings as she talks/sings the corny lyrics "I see it, I know it, I feel it and believe it, it burns me, it eats me but I won't let it leeeeeaaaaaaad!". "Facing Fear" is just terrible and "What I Want" makes Cos sound like an angry adolescent as she screams out "what I want is what I'm gonna get, I'll take it with me now!". In addition, a few of the songs also include backing vocals in the form of one of the guitarists speaking some of the lyrics in a monotone voice whilst Cos sings them. It's just dreadful. During "Reasons For Deceit" it sounds like they decided to record him clearing his throat mid-way through the song, and it just sounds like "uuuuuuugggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh".

I don't think it's really possible to accurately describe Cos' singing on this record or just how bad it really is. It has to be heard to be believed but I by no means recommend doing so. Even a cover of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" can't revive this album from it's cardiac arrest-like state, because it's frankly said very poor. It's a shame for the rest of the band that "Ever After" has to be given such a low mark but a review simply can't ignore such a dominant factor in an album. My plea to the band: Get a new singer!

3

Download: Too Far
For The Fans Of: Godsmack, Velvet Revolver, Drowning Pool
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Release Date 29.10.2007
Screaming Ferret Wreckords/Locomotive Records
Provided by Target ApS

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