"The Essence of Infinity" (Self-produced; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Of Infinity is currently comprised of three individuals dedicated to being the best musicians and band that they can be. It's odd, but refreshing, to see a band wear their mission and vision on their sleeves. And,  seeing from the band's bio that many travels were undertaken to find the right fit for their vision, it's not hard to understand why. The result of the band's collective efforts over the past few years is a three-track EP titled "The Essence Of Infinity."

"The Essence Of Infinity" combines the best of doom, Goth, metal, and various other metal styles for a satisfying blend that is neither tired nor too ambitious. If you need reference points, I'd have to say that the music contained on "The Essence Of Infinity" reminds me of a mellower version of Garden Of Shadows while the vocals remind me of a mix of Nightwish's Tarja and The Gathering's Anneke (specifically from the "Mandylion" and "Nighttime Birds" albums. Not a bad combination if I say so myself. A particular highlight is the third track, "It's Only For Forever" that actually captures - to this reviewers ears - the band's attempt at a unique sound.

I am loathe to award more than two-and-a-half chainsaws for an EP, but "The Essence Of Infinity" is a rare case of an EP from a new (and unsigned!) band that seems to have the right combination of talent, drive, and that ever elusive 'it' that makes a band a bigger sum than its individual parts.

"The Essence Of Infinity" is an impressive debut. I am very much interested in hearing how Of Infinity develops for their next release. I actually have high hopes for this band to be the American counterpoint to the great European/Scandinavian bands in this style.

"The Essence of Infinity" was produced by Of Infinity. The production is well above average for an independent release although there are few rough spots that could use some post-recording digital clean-up.

Of Infinity: Alessandra Zinicola on vocals, piano and synth; Nazareth Sando on guitars and electronic drums; and Kurtis Kyllo on bass.

For more information visit http://www.ofinfinity.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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