Evangeline Coming Back to Your
By Marcus Pan
The slow beginning of the
opening The Silent Scream of Humanity is a nice way to begin Coming
Back to Your Senses. It breaks into a finely drawn old school metal, mixing
fantasy elements and epic level guitars. It reminds me of Iron Maiden near the
top of their game, well played and swiftly moving.
Evangeline are made up of Franz (vocals/guitars), Tato
(guitars), Simone (bass) and Marco (drums). The four pull off a powerful sound
that makes me wonder if there are a few hidden guest players with an extra
guitar or two in the shadows. Brings me back to the 80s, but throws a little
bit of Linkin Park vocal shouts to keep it modern and fresh.
Terrible Machine even comes out a bit indie-punk,
channelling Simple Plan or Panic at the Disco for their darker moments, with
more flair and less straight chords. Watch Me Bleeding keeps this
punkish trend moving. Lost Divine reminds me again of Maidenesque epic
fantasy pieces, except with more than one decent singer - a highlight to
Coming Back to Your Senses. Mind the Message is almost pure
indie-punk and The War Has Begun gets a bit emo. For the thrashier
types, Blame it On Me surprises in its intensity and anger.
Being Italian, their English is not perfect. It's not nearly
as bad as past bands have been, but there's still lines that are lost in
translation like Watch Me Bleeding's "In anyone never you won't" or
"cause it could lack of content" from Mind the Message. But these aren't
as prevalent and you can look past these to the fact that the songs do not lose
their message completely, and their lyrics are easily better than some US
cliche'd bands I've heard.
I thought Evangeline's Coming Back to Your Senses was
nicely done and enjoyable. Mixing elements of emo, punk, old school metal,
thrash and well played instrumentation there's a lot here for both modern and
old school guitar fans alike.
Post: Via Pacinotti, 77, 51037, Montale (PI), Italy