It would be
exaggerated to claim we're in front of an all-star band, yet the people
behind this monicker heavily contributed to make the Extreme metal Brazilian
scene known in the 6 continents. Besides guitarist and band founder
Alan Wallace, the Belo Horizonte combo features drummer André
Marcio (ex-Overdose) and bass-player Jairo Guedz (ex-guitarist and founder
of Sepultura). After several concerts and owing to a large number of
contacts in their homeland and abroad, they qualified to participate
in top countrywide music contest Skol Rock. Representatives from MTV,
Warner Music and major show biz magazines and newspapers gave them the
first place in the state of Minais Gerais and third in the national
ranking, despite the many Pop, Blues and Rock 'n' Roll bands competing.
The first of the 17 tracks of this exhaustive CD (the 3rd official released)
is the disquieting intro "B.O.H.1." to the song "Evolution",
the latter strongly similar to Sepultura with aggressive vocals sometimes
Death metal like, sometimes screamed, sometimes cybernetically filtered,
and on frequent occasions making me think of a rawer and fiercer Mille
Petrozza. The drumming is also very tribal and the guitars are a mix
of Fear Factory, Ministry and Nailbomb.
The violent "Overload" stands out owing to a top-notch
drum-work, the sampled evolution followed by great riffs and a penetrating
chorus, while teh following title-track turns out to be lively, rich
of references to the Amazonic tribal drumming and singing styles, paying
tribute to Sepultura once again, yet keeping a sufficient dose of personality.
With acid scratched samples starts "Citizen Zero",
and then it attacks resulting an involving and groovy piece halfway
between Slipknot and Sepultura; the break in a mid-tempo couldn't be
more brutal and the successive alternation of crescendos and tension
decreases makes it all ready for the initial scratching repeated once.
Over 6 minutes reminding of the most savage Sepultura a bit is "6ix
Degree", and I mean the best Sepu, the dynamic and angry ones
of "Chaos A.D."; besides the final scratch this song
must be remembered thanks to the several contrasts shown.
"Greenspirit" is just a dreamlike intermezzo coming before
"Like I Hate You", including filtered and crumbling
vocals a là Six Feet Under; interesting is the break on the trails
of Machine Head, catchy are the chorus and the looping riffs.
Rapid and hyperviolent, "Greedy as a Pig", is absolutely
my favourite track, also by the lyrics unluckily mirroring 90% of humanity
giving us orders or simply dealing with us and making the life on this
earth a Dantesque inferno.
A very well-built songwriting is the one in "Leech 9";
Eminence display the fruits of their experience here, since they know
when it's time to stop, use a certain riff and the right time for the
samples, used not as frills but as a way to complete the puzzle of their
style before the ending onslaught.
"The Freak I Become" presents another realistic text about
the inadequacy of governants and their lies aimed only at damaging the
more and more wretched masses. This track gives me strong emotions and
inner power, what with the piercing vocals, what with the scorching
guitars and the drum solo. Quite original.
In "Creep" the guitarists successfully try to sound
different one more time without losing an ounce of brutality; moreover
there's even place for a mini axe solo while the folk influences keep
on appearing here and there as their trademark requires.
An unusual extremely catchy drumming opens "Democrasick";
this composition the best riffs of the whole CD, a hypnotic slow solo
in the end, some more Machine Head riffs. A masterpiece, nevertheless
itìs a shame they won't be able to repropose the same guitar
duets on stage unless they find a second live guitarist in time. However,
"Democrasick" remains the best song, maintaining smoothness,
brutality, experimentalism and freshness.
The same recipe seems used in "Onefortyfive", including
a couple of breaks in the vein of Sepultura and low recitating vocals
added to the growled ones.
A mix of Six Feet Under and Nailbomb is decidedly "Hawking Radiation",
wheras the brief, rapid and destructive "Coward" offers
the last ear attack before the relax granted by the outro "17253017",
made of electric distorsions and dripping water noises.
"Humanology" is not a masterpiece but it is a must
for sure, thanks to the above-mentioned 2-3 songs above the average.
The artwork is generous and extremely detailed, while the recording
is very refined and clear, and it's the legendary Neil Kernon to be
thanked, a guarantee behind the mixer. I do hope Eminence will gain
the attention they deserve with this CD even if it's not so modern and
would've had more success if it had been released 6 years ago.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 12/9/04
-Hunger (DemoCD - 1995)
-Faces (Demo - 1996)
-Eminence (MCD - 1998)
-Chaotic System (CD - 1999)
-Humanology (CD - 2004)