~reviewed by Joel Steudler
"Nicely produced but dreadfully unoriginal gothy powermetal ala Nightwish." That could be my whole review of After Forever's Exordium mini-CD, and you wouldn't be missing any information vital to your purchasing decision. You -would- miss my sparkling wit, though, so I will try and carry on... for your sake.
What's there to say? You have guitars, playing rhythms and melodies you've heard before. You have a sweet voiced female songstress, belting out the obligatory theatrics. There's a monster-voiced guy that pops in now and then. They sing. The music plays. On spins the millstone of genre regurgitation, endlessly grinding originality into mulch. At least the production is nice, and there's nothing overtly low-quality that will make you want to gouge your ears out.
The twenty-six minute long Exordium MCD is accompanied by a DVD that has a bunch of stuff on it for fans of the band, mainly. There's a video for 'My Choice' which is a bit tame as music videos go. You also get concert footage of 'The Evil That Men Do'. There are behind the scenes bits, and art, lyrics, and photos... none of which excited me even a little. It's all nicely presented, and I have no real complaints other than: "it seems geared exclusively to people who already like 'After Forever'... and I am not one of them."
So, fans of the band, buy this and you
will likely get your money's worth. Everyone else: don't bother giving
it a second look.
Disc – 2 Insights - DVD
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