A Review of the Album "Reverse" by Progressive Thrash Metal Band Eldritch
Reverse Represents A Musical Departure for Eldritch From Their First Three Albums
Italian heavy metal band Eldritch has been one of that country’s most elite bands to not be noticed nearly enough which is a big shame. Their 2001 studio album “Reverse” represents a departure from their first three albums. Reverse starts off with the industrial influenced song E-Nest which is a short instrumental song. They might have taken a page out of Fear Factory’s playbook even though both of these bands were formed at the same time period.
A View of the Back of the Album Cover for Reverse & the Song Titles
Reverse is One of The Best Songs Ever Written
The title track Reverse sets the tone for Eldritch making the transition into more of a thrash metal approach. Reverse is SUPER heavy in the riffing as Terence Holler says “reverse your pain into hate.” This is followed by some more impressive heavy riffing. The word reverse is repeated so much in the song however this is one of the best songs that Eldritch has ever written and this may be better than most of the early thrash metal tunes written by such bands as Megadeth.
The Songs Slavery On Line, Leftovers and Crumbs, and Bittersweet Penny
Slavery On Line is similar to something that Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator would experiment with starting in the mid 2000’s. The song may as well be about the fact that some technology has allowed the world to advance in so many ways and one obvious example of this is the growth of online media sources and jobs. Without the growth of the World Wide Web, there would be no websites such as the one you are reading and viewing now. Leftovers and Crumbs is a song that is about somebody that feels like they are dying every night. Bittersweet Penny is a song that is about how it feels for someone to be financially poor. When you are sick and when you need a break, it seems like only lots of money can solve these problems. There is a vocal part here that sounds like what we heard from the American death metal band Cynic.
Eldritch Does a Cover Song Called My Sharona
In a sort of interesting twist musically, Eldritch does a cover of “My Sharona” by The Knack. Some people may find this to be a turn off but even the band Blind Guardian did a cover performance of a softer song so this is not totally unheard of.
About the Song Bio-Trinity
The acoustic and electric filled song Bio-Trinity is a song about listening to those that are wiser than us otherwise we will regret this. It is about getting a new pair of wings, a new perspective on life and that is when your life gets better.
One Difference Between Reverse and Eldritch's Earlier Albums is the Vocals
I’ve heard that this style heard in this album compares to the band Nevermore. But one major difference in Reverse compared to Eldritch’s earlier musical efforts is that Terence Holler uses more ruffled, harsh vocals but this still ends up working out in the band’s favor. There is also more of an industrial feel in Reverse.
Final Thoughts About the Album Reverse
Soul Shrinkage sees Terence Holler return to his signature melodic style of singing as the song is about the fact that one day we will all fall down and meet the same fate as our souls will depart from this Earth. Leech is a song that lyrically is self-explanatory. Leeches are just those blood sucking insects and some people can act like leeches as well. Overall, Reverse is a very good change and experimental album for Italy’s Eldritch and they would only get better as a band as their career progressed.
© 2019 Ara Vahanian