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Eminence - The God Of All Mistakes

Label: Locomotive Records
Format: CD
Released: 2008
Reviewed By: Stingray

Having been around for over 13 years, formed in 1995 by guitarist Alan Wallace, Eminence is no stranger to the underground metal scene. Hailing from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, they won the state competition and came in third overall nationally in the countrywide music contest Skol Rock. Since then they have released two previous albums “Chaotic System” in 1998, and “Humanology” in 2004.

The band lists their influences as Metal, Hardcore, Death Metal, and Alternative, however, in their latest release I’m not detecting any Alternative. There is most definitely a Death Metal feel, but at least you can understand Wallace Parreiras vocals, which are rough and throaty. In addition to Alan on guitars, Thiago Correia joins him on bass and Andre Marcio on drums.

When I first played this disc, I recall thinking “This sounds a lot like Sepultura”. As the disc played, and progressed through the tracks of “Day 7”, “Devil’s Boulevard”, “Injected Lies”, other bands came to mind like Devil Driver, Coal Chamber, even some Fear Factory with a little hint of Cradle Of Filth. From the opening/title track you’re assaulted with a finely tuned and well-mastered album produced by Tue Madsen (Rob Halford, The Haunted), consisting of ten fast paced, heart-pumping songs. Unfortunately, after a while the songs started running together and sounding similar.

Don’t get me wrong, “The God Of All Mistakes” is a good metal album, but… To me it’s not a GREAT one. However, it has grown on me and will be in my rotation as “background” when working out in the garage.
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