EYNOMIA – Break Free

EYNOMIA - Break Free
  • 7/10
    EYNOMIA - Break Free - 7/10


Pure Legend Records
Release date: January 26, 2018

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Break Free, the debut album from Minneapolis-based Eynomia, reaches listeners with a sound so clear and clean it almost squeaks. There’s nothing squeaky about frontwoman Phyllis Rutter’s voice, however, which rings out pure and smooth at the front of the mix, snaring listeners and pulling them along through the album’s nine Symphonic Metal songs. Guitar work is courtesy of Chris Bickley, who throws in some acoustic and classical touches here and there (“Till We Meet Again” and the title cut) as well as tone-perfect solos. Keyboards are used mainly for atmosphere, although occasionally they take a central role such as in the intro to “Cleansing”, the album’s opening cut. The musicianship is solid throughout, although there are few incendiary moments. But maybe that’s the point—no individual songs really stand out on the album, and while the band never seems to catch fire the overall sound is quite alluring at different passages.

The gentle keyboard washes, piano trills and beautiful layered vocals of “Through Your Eyes” evokes a soothing, calm mood and feel; it is probably the best song on the album but there’s nothing Metal about it. The follow up, “I Can Tell”, is a unique, interestingly constructed tune, with a raga-esque sitar run in the second verse, a solid chorus, and guitars and keys trading solos, but the songs primary force comes from Phyllis; her voice is so forward in the mix it nearly overpowers the rest of the band. The balance is restored on “Take A Look”, Eynomia’s uptempo number, and continued on closer “When It’s Over”. Overall, a sonically pleasing debut.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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