Final Tragedy

Trial Of Tears

Final Tragedy - Trial Of Tears ©1998 Self-Released
1. On A Fall's Night
2. Evil Game
3. Cold Sun
4. The Wait

I always want bands like this to come off better than they actually do. You know that deep down they are working hard to express themselves in a beautiful, passionate musical manner, yet their ability does not reach as far as their ambition. France's Final Tragedy attempt on Trial of Tears to put together a four song EP of symphonic, somewhat complex atmospheric metal with perhaps a foot in the goth door. Unfortunately vocalist Delphine Cochand's voice is not up to the task of what the music demands. Her attempts at some of the higher notes are quite cringe-inducing. She has a strong voice, but it comes off as flat in many areas and strained elsewhere. Perhaps a good voice coach will hear this EP. On the plus side, the music of the band isn't bad at all. Decently composed and incorporating synthetics as well as guitar and piano, it is of note and interest. Hopefully the duo can use Trial of Tears as a launching pad and improve in all areas down the line.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/1999

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Final Tragedy - Greed ©2001 Self-Released
1. Lethal Pursuit
2. Speak The Words
3. Evil Game
4. One More Time
5. On A Fall's Night
6. Cold Sun
7. The Wait
8. Gift?

Although it's been several years since I've heard Final Tragedy's last EP, a four song affair called Trial of Tears, I can instantly say that this eight song full length CD is like upgrading your poodle to a siberian husky. In the time between releases, Final Tragedy has come a long way in improving their approach, honing their style and all around making themselves a much more enjoyable musical outfit.

The band is still a duo consisting of Delphine Cochland on vocals and Jean-Luc Millot handling musical duties. Their style falls into a mix of atmospheric metal mixed with a slight "spacy" feel that a couple American bands (F5 and Scott Mosher) play. Millot's music is a fairly busy affair, using thick, heavy riffing to wrap around keyboards and often ethereal passages. The music often has quite a bit going on but it never quite overshadows or overinduldges the thrust of the songs. The rhythmic riffing is tight and gives the songs their drive. The biggest improvement, however, is how Cochland approaches her singing. Instead of overextending her range, she sticks to her natural area of strength and allows that to dictate her melodies, rather than forcing anything. This, by far, makes her performance more admirable and enjoyable.

On the downside, the production of the album is somewhat strangely squashed and could use a little more clarity, rather than being heavy on the low-end. It feels a little claustrophobic and flattened out, but it still isn't enough to detract from the music overall. Considering the band is still an independent outfit, this sort of thing is quite understandable.

Greed is certainly a good piece of work that should appeal to fans of the "beauty and the beast" atmospheric metal genre, particulary if you're the type of listener who can do with the beast vocals. If nothing else, Greed shows Final Tragedy is capable of copius amounts of growth and should continue to get better from here.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2002

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