(EchO) are a band from Italy that plays a melodic and atmospheric mixture of doom and death metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Head First Into Shadows" which will be released on May 23rd as a joint effort between BadMoodMan Records and Solitude Productions.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album and after a minutes atmospheric synths along with melodic yet depressive guitar leads make their presence known in the music and all of the instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the vocals start out in more of a clean singing fashion.
Slide guitars can be heard in the music briefly and the music also alternates between both clean and heavy parts quite a bit throughout the recording and after awhile the vocals start mixing in more death metal growls and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the music also gets very progressive at times and there is also a slight touch of black metal and the whole album also sticks to mostly a very slow musical direction while there is also a brief use of fast playing and blast beats and when synths are utilized they also give the music more of a psychedelic feeling and the last track brings in a small amount of violins.
(EchO) plays a style of doom and death metal that is very melodic, progressive and atmospheric sounding, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover death, loneliness, dreamlike, sorrow and loss themes.
In my opinion (EchO) are a very great sounding melodic and atmospheric doom/death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "This Place We Used To Call Home" and "Order Of The Nightshade". 8 out of 10.