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Iron Thrones Where Earth Meets the Sky


1. Where Earth Meets the Sky MP3 2. Cursed 3. Here at the End of All Things 4. The Final Farewell
2006 Mascaret Records
Our score 7

11/13/2006

Asia. Boston. Europe. Chicago. With the exception of Europe, I can't truly say that I'm reminded of the locations after hearing the music. But now the world has Everest, a five-piece coming out of Minnesota and also Thad Jackson's (ex-If Hope Dies) label's first signing. Stretching in multiple directions, the band defines themselves as a mixture between numerous bands, most applicably, Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, At The Gates, Cult of Luna, and even Brand New Shoes. So does the convergence of these mentioned bands equate with the tallest mountain on the Earth No, because that's really just sort of silly. And silly the band is, to a point, playing a formidable mixture of what could best be referred to as blackened/viking metalcore. Everest have an unusual knack for establishing a dark and epic sound reminiscent of some of the mid-nineties black/death metal bands of the Netherlands. However, interesting to note, the band has a lot of drum patterns and rhythm still rooted more closely in the metalcore stylings of Nehemiah, a band always regarded with a little more integrity and talent than many of their contemporaries. A strong possible reason for this could be connected to the fact that Nick Nelson, ex-drummer for Nehemiah, is among their ranks. Now, if the idea of ex-Nehemiah members piques your interest, you'll be delighted to know that the band also features the skillful guitar work of former Nehemiah axe-man Steve Henningsgard as well as the deep and qualified bellows of former vocalist Evan Nagan. It's fantastic to hear that the songs on Where Earth Meets the Sky could realistically be mistaken for the polished approach of any number of Scandinavian bands. The first and title track begins with a massive mid-tempo introduction before the appearance of a well-executed melodic thrash riff. Nagan's vocals are on-time and their low tone is more than suitable for a band of this nature, further proven in the breakdown that ends the song. Still though, as good as the first track is, there are a couple of pitfalls to come. The song "Cursed" tends to blend in with many contemporary metalcore bands without having any real distinction but still features an intelligent serious of progressions before a nicely placed moody acoustic passage. "Here at the End of All Things," also suffers for the same reason and sounds slightly out of place from the rest of the songs on the EP until the middle when the song shifts to a moderate pace and a surprisingly good clean-sung viking metal melody enters. The last track, "The Final Farewell," resembles Opeth closely in a positive manner with it's slow to medium-paced structure and then unleashes an incredible 30 second solo that cements in your head. Adopting theatrical keyboards for a few of the final minutes of the six and a half minute song, Everest drifts off with a doomy funereal vibe that still manages to exude a feeling of triumph. Bottom Line: If you were saddened by the untimely demise of Nehemiah, the Minnesota metal scene has presented you with a new gift. While Everest isn't a replacement for the now departed act, given the line-up and quality of the material, more than a few faithful fans as well as complete newcomers will be pleased after hearing Where Earth Meets The Sky. Everest have managed to create a strong first effort that I can only hope is outmatched by their subsequent releases.

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sweetzombiejesus_ 11/13/2006 9:25:27 PM

First post. Use spell check.


hc4everdistro_ 11/13/2006 9:28:59 PM

Gret EP bitches! http://www.hc4everdistro.com/servlet/Detail?no=315


daikini_ 11/13/2006 9:43:17 PM

cool, i'll check this out. i'm really interested to hear that intelligent serious of progressions on cursed.


anonymous 11/13/2006 9:50:24 PM

ysi?


threexs_ 11/13/2006 10:37:09 PM

Great f*cking band. Easy to pass this off as crappy metalcore if you don't really give them a listen, but a really great band.


xtroyx_ 11/13/2006 10:38:22 PM

i just passed this off as crappy metalcore. i got a minute into that track down there and turned it off.


snails_ 11/14/2006 3:17:50 AM

where soul meets body >


gozer_ 11/14/2006 9:30:59 AM

is this the everest from Chicago, from kansas, from california, or the everest from NY? well, im just curious.


Mr. Boobs_ 11/14/2006 9:39:14 AM

From Minnesota, dude! And I don't see any of the other "Everest"s doing anything interesting...


burzum_ 11/14/2006 10:06:06 AM

i like the fast parts, but the rest of the song is just weak breakdowns styled like unearth.


drewcifer_ 11/14/2006 10:50:48 AM

yeah, probably should figure out a way to get a word processing program to utilize spell check, maybe.


mike_ 11/14/2006 11:04:18 AM

f this band.


grudgeagainstastranger_ 11/14/2006 1:45:51 PM

i keep hearing everyone describe this like it's new and interesting but it still just sounds like nehemiah pt II. not like that's an insult, but that's how i'd describe it.


NYHXC_ 11/14/2006 4:20:41 PM

Nehemiah was great, idk about this band


xcorruptx_ 11/14/2006 7:12:19 PM

just to be accurate, neither Nick nor Steve were recorded members of nehemiah, so any songwriting similarities probably just come from being raised on the same music. In related news, this cd rules, and evan's vocals sound the best of anything he's done, except chuggernaught.


gozer_ 11/15/2006 10:33:32 AM

ohhh, from MN. well, the Everest from Sweden is doing a lot of stuff actually and have been around for quite some time.


Mr. Boobs_ 11/15/2006 12:15:15 PM

Really? I hadn't heard of any Everests from Sweden. Post a link!


anonymous 11/16/2006 12:20:18 AM

good stuff... but i CANT FIND IT ON SOULSEEK f*ck!!!!!!!!!


xdicklickx_ 11/16/2006 7:47:15 AM

cool band name


Omegaman_ 11/20/2006 12:42:23 PM

Damn, there used to be a band from Lawrence called Everest that was much better than this.


jizzbomb_ 11/21/2006 7:34:25 PM

I took a shit on top of everest, then returned 5 years later and gobbled it up.


Mark_ 12/8/2006 7:18:14 PM

this band blows. live they suck and on the record they suck. nehemiah was sweet this is shit dont bother checking it out.


FOREVER_ 12/13/2006 1:37:57 AM

this ep is f*cking killer. Don't just pass it off. Yes i do agree with those of you that say is sounds like nehemiah prt II, but nehemiah was an awesome band and everest seems extreamly promising to me.


brett_ 7/8/2007 3:01:10 PM

the good members of nehemiah joined dead to fall and the shitty ones started everest. nehemiah>everest