Eternal Decision

Eternal Decision Eternal Decision (Cling Recordings)

1. "Risen" (3:55)
2. "Power" (3:15)
3. "The Search" (5:48)
4. "Overflow" (3:30)
5. "Things I Say" (4:25)
6. "Fearless" (4:48)
7. "Imminent Destruction" (4:12)
8. "Alive" (5:10)
9. "Turn" (4:26)
10. Hunger" (5:40)
11. "C.T.G." (4:00)
12. "Stomping Ground" (4:15)

This one has been re-released at least three times with three different covers. The cover above, which I think is terrible, is the first re-release by Cling and was created by Franks' Enemy guitarist Julio Rey. Cover #3 (Godfather Records) is much better than this one. Cover #1 was REALLY bad, even worse than the one above. The music is snappy, speed metal with a bit of a groove. Vocalist Joe Chambless has spent a lot of time studying his Metallica albums as he sounds very similar to James Hetfield both is style and even in quality. Perhaps this is why the band has been labeled a Metallica clone, even though their music is not really that Metallica-like. The production is very digital sounding, right down to the triggered drums and guitars that sound like they are recorded direct, rather than through an amp. In my opinion, this takes away from the sound. Still, I like this disc. It has enough hooks to keep me coming back for repeated listens.

Ghost in the Machine Eternal Decision-Ghost in the Machine (Godfather Records)

1. "Breaking" (4:33)
2. "Strength" (4:54)
3. "Ghost in the Machine" (2:42)
4. "Killing Me" (3:53)
5. "Thru This Pain" (5:46)
6. "Blindsided" (3:34)
7. "Scar" (5:40)
8. "Alien" (3:52)
9. "Beyond" (4:19)
10. "Without Shelter" (4:26)

Eternal Decision wisely adds a second singer to break away from the Metallica comparisons, but they also add some more "modern" elements to the music as well, which helped the album to sell better, gained them a bigger underground following, and even gained them a single ("Blindsided") that got some CCM airplay, but wasn't to my liking. (Like they care!) I am old school
metal 'til death. The production, while being better than the first album still has that sterile electronic drum sound. Sorry, this one just doesn't float my boat. Favorite tracks: "Breaking" and "Strength."

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