Apr 272018
 

“Ends Of The Earth” is the title of Euphoreon‘s sophomore album that is released on April 20th. The band is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the physical copies of the album, which would be worth picking up on the basis of Gyula Havancsak’s glorious artwork alone.

Euphoreon is a German/New Zealand metal band, originally formed as a solo project band by Matt Summerville from New Zealand in 2009. Musically, Euphoreon has a strong Scandinavian and European melodic metal influences, combining predominantly harsh vocals with strong melodic hooks.

A home demo called “Before The Blackened Sky” followed soon after in March of 2009, gaining positive feedback from the community. Matt continued to write songs with the hope of finding someone to produce a full-length album. In November 2009 he, by chance (or fate) came across the very man for the job.

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Euphoreon – “Ends of the Earth”

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Apr 202018
 

After a seven year hiatus, the death metal project Euphoreon is back with Ends of the Earth, an album filled with melodic, near symphonic death metal in many ways as epic as their cover art.

Bands with little fanfare or press or even any sizable amount of information are usually either really good or absolutely horrible and unknown for a reason.  Euphoreon, is a two-person melodic death metal project that comes by way of New Zealand and Germany and is one of those pleasant surprises.  From what I gather, the project/band has been around since 2009 and did release their self-titled debut in 2011, which though reviews were somewhat limited, did garner some critical acclaim, which is easy to understand after listening to Ends of the Earth.  The band is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the physical copies of the album, which would be worth picking up on the basis of Gyula Havancsak’s glorious artwork alone.

Perhaps fittingly, the music on the album works well with the artwork: beauty, intensity, power, with an underlying sense of melody characterize the songs, much like the artwork.  The opening choir and guitar riff of “Euphoria” initially made me think this was going to be a power metal album, but then the tone shifted a bit darker and the growled death metal vocals came in.  The layers of sound in the song are expertly displayed allowing the brighter keyboards to offset the dark vocals rhythm section with the guitars seemingly bridging the two spheres.  The guitars do tend to dominate the mix, perhaps a bit too much, and end up hiding the drums and bass a bit more than  I would prefer.   Interestingly, the duo chose Tommi Halme to add in the guitar solos and they made a great choice there as the solos are blistering but well incorporated into the songs and without knowing it was a guest, you’d think it was one of the regular band members. Continue reading »

Apr 062018
 

“Ends Of The Earth” is the title of Euphoreon‘s sophomore album that will be released on April 20th. Check out the cover art below.

Euphoreon is a German/New Zealand metal band, originally formed as a solo project band by Matt Summerville from New Zealand in 2009. Musically, Euphoreon has a strong Scandinavian and European melodic metal influences, combining predominantly harsh vocals with strong melodic hooks.

A home demo called “Before The Blackened Sky” followed soon after in March of 2009, gaining positive feedback from the community. Matt continued to write songs with the hope of finding someone to produce a full-length album. In November 2009 he, by chance (or fate) came across the very man for the job.

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Euphoreon – “Euphoreon”

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Aug 122011
 

Euphoreon is a Melodic Death Metal project from New Zealand formed by Matt Summerville and later on joined by Eugen Dodenhoeft (Far Beyond) from Germany. This self-titled is their first full-length.

Matt Summerville released a demo called ‘Before The Blackened Sky’ on his own before the self-titled. Matt Summerville handles the lead guitar, harsh vocals and did most of the songwriting. Eugen Dodenhoeft does Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Clean and Harsh vocals and Engineering. I don’t know who the drummer is but there are real drums and no drum machine which is a good thing.

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