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Our Fellowship Eternal

by Core Device

Melodic, heavy metal with technical guitars. Toured worldwide with bands like, Symphony X, King Diamond, Morbid Angel just to name a few. Varied music to give every ear what it wants.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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1. Shadows Mind
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2. Our Fellowship Eternal
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3. Forgetting
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4. Hell and Torment
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5. Stranger
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6. Green Water
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7. One Path
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8. Unknown Tears
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9. God and Man
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10. Burning Away
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This is Core Device's debut CD, amazing not only for a first but at all. We can't wait till their newest cd is ready, it's coming soon. (JPD Power Brokers)


With their heavy melodic music, Core Device's worldwide praise is easy to understand. They've toured USA,JAPAN,CANADA and played with some major heavy hitters like, King Diamond, Symphony X, SYL, Nevermore, Iced Earth, Morbid Angel, Overkill, Fates Warning, Arch Enemy, ETC...
Below is one of the many reviews, Thanks for reading!
MUSIC POWER-BROKERS INC.


Core Device has been around for awhile now, but Our Fellowship Eternal is their first full-length release. Judging by the packaging, which is quite good, this is obviously a self-released disc encapsulating the classic American style power metal fury of bands like Barlow-era Iced Earth, Nevermore and perhaps the first two Fates Warning albums with John Arch. Vocalist Daniel Dunphy's voice certainly shares common traits with that of the amazing Matt Barlow, except that Barlow's voice has more of a presence to it. Some songs also bring to mind Nevermore's Warrel Dane when he sings in a baritone range and refrains from hitting higher notes.

Out of the eleven songs, it could be roughly described that about the first couple of tracks are more thrash-induced pieces, akin to classic 80's old school thrash. The bands hits into gear right off the bat with the powerful first track "Shadows Mind", one of their longest works too, and introduces a throaty, midrange singer that switches between clean vocal harmonies and somewhat death metal-ish grunts, but they are few and far in between. The gloomy title track demonstrates the darker and more melancholic side of the band, focusing on a moody intro, grey acoustic guitars, some keyboards interjected into the background, and awesome sweep arpeggios on the guitar by both Patrick Kehoe and Tony Necora. A smooth shift into a more power metal-driven zone, displaying clever key and tempo changes, evokes early Fates Warning and Crimson Glory and this is one of the best songs on the album for sure. Iced Earth's trademark galloping riff style is heard aplenty on the more modern "Hell and Torment", while "Stranger" is another diverse cut with subtle keyboards, great twin guitar leads, and a deep contrast between thrash-laden and atmosphere-laced passages.

From here on, the album takes on a more power metal side, though they continue to incorporate their classic thrash moments invariably. Thundering drums, huge gallop riffs, and cutting lead solos all emphasize Dunphy's vocals, which seem to get better with each listen. The growling bass on "One Path" matches his semi-growled vocals that also display his clean, regular voice. Exotic scales are married with Bay Area thrash on the experimental "God and Man" and definitely make for an interesting combination. The richly bass accentuated "Burning Away" is full of epic chunks of rhythm and even a beautiful female vocalist that sings back-up towards the end.(Note, I found out later that the female voice IS Daniel Dunphy, AMAZING!!!)
More a capella vocals are available on the last track "Torn from Within" during a silent midsection before the song launches into a punishingly heavy power metal number. With Our Fellowship Eternal, Core Device have put out a very good release that should appeal to fans of heavy metal that borders on both thrash, power, and even progressive at times. I think it's worthy to note that Michael Romeo of Symphony X helped record, mix and engineer this disc as well. Let's hope their following disc comes out soon.


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Ken

Do yourself a favor, buy it.
I was asked to review this CD a while back by member over at the Devin Townsend Team. Sure, I thought, I'm always down to hear new music, but I definitely didn't expect something so damn good! This is one of the best metal CDs I've heard in a long, long time and definitely a band that metal fans need to hear. They're likely better than some of your favorite bands!
Core Device is from New Jersey, they've been around since 1996 and Our Fellowship Eternal is their first full-length album following three demo EPs that are sadly no longer available. They’ve been getting a lot of attention this past year after sharing stages with heavy-hitters like Iced Earth, Nevermore, Overkill, Symphony X, King Diamond, Fates Warning, and even Morbid Angel. They’re currently gearing up for their first international tour that will take them to Japan through January/February of 2006; pretty impressive for a band that is still unsigned. And knowing those crazy, metal-obsessed Asians, Core Device is going to come home with an army of new fans, and deservedly so.
Before receiving the CD I'd not heard the band before. I expected a metal album, of course, possibly even cheesy power metal as the album title sort of suggests a band that pays tribute to all things Lord of the Rings—which they do not, for the record—but instead, to my extreme pleasure, what I got was a killer technical metal album with power metal, thrash and a little death metal thrown in the mix for good measure. If I were asked to compare Core Device to any other band I would easily suggest Nevermore. They show a bit more power metal tendencies than Nevermore, and are probably a little more melodic overall, but they are very similar in style, and the singer, Daniel Dunphy, sounds far too much like Warrell Dane to come to any other conclusion. That’s quite a comparison to live up to, right? Well, they surely deserve that comparison. The musicianship and vocals on this album are amazing! Unfortunately I have two minor complaints about this CD and one of them involves the vocals. I love how they’ve incorporated some heavier vocals here—along with the more traditional metal/power metal vocals—but sometimes—not every time—the heavier vocals seem a bit too rough compared to the rest of the vocals and music. Luckily, the heavy death-like vocals are not overdone and they are used sparingly and intelligently, a concept a lot of bands are lost on these days.
Now let’s get to the important stuff: There is not one bad song on this CD, and you'd be hard-pressed to find even an average song on here. For the most part, these are all superb tracks, well crafted, catchy and lyrically thought-provoking. The solos aren't mindless and simply there for the sake of showing off the guitarists' skills, they fit the song emotionally and they add to the music the way a solo should: Never too long, never too short, always perfectly fitting into the mix. The bass is very unique to the mix, not constantly just playing copycat to the guitars, but standing out like Greg Christian's bass lines did on Testament's albums before he left the band. The foundations of the songs are pounded out by a very capable drummer; double bass, insane fills, and precision dynamics keep this CD from losing any rhythm at all. The songs themselves aren't too technical to the point where you get lost trying to figure out where the song is going, and on the flipside the songs aren't structured in the standard verse-chorus-verse setting; there are quiet interludes, bridges, breakdowns, and vocal departures in almost every song that only add to the song’s dynamics, keeping them fresh and interesting. The production, like the music, is top-notch. You cannot ask for a better sounding CD from an unsigned band, but this might not surprise you when you find out that Michael Romeo, guitarist of Symphony X, mixed and produced the album. Well, actually, that probably does surprise you.
Everything about Our Fellowship Eternal is quality and aside from my slight complaint about the vocals the only other complaint I have is about the cover artwork. Being a huge Travis Smith (Seempieces) fan, I cringe at bad artwork in this day and age. The artwork in question is just very pixellated like it was a small picture blown up too big for its own good. But in the end that's really no reason to complain, it’s just a personal pet peeve of mine. Being an artist myself just makes me very critical when it comes to these things. Regardless, I encourage everyone to check this band out because Our Fellowship Eternal is virtually flawless!

funeralwind@hotmail.com

Must have CD, PERIOD!!!
Know what's a mystery? How a band like Core Device appeared out of nowhere and released such an incredible album with a style far more unique than 99% of the bands out there can ever achieve. Probably we're just too used to the fact that debuts aren't really definitive when it comes to style or uniqueness. All the opposite, Our Fellowship Eternal shows clearly an original way of composing, and a tendency to produce way above average songs.

Our Fellowship Eternal is essentially a post-thrash album, but thoroughly processed and presented in a way that you probably won't notice it at all. If you pay attention, you'll hear Iron Maiden, Nevermore, Master of Puppets Metallica, Candlemass, and some vocal melodies almost straight out of Sonata Arctica's Silence (if it weren't because Core Device's ones are one octave lower... and less flowery, not to mention much better). Varied and all, Core Device never loses its style and its traditional kind of heaviness.

It's surprisingly quite consistent as well. The album feels like an album and not just like a mash-up of similar songs.

One central point of Our Fellowship Eternal is indeed its kind of heaviness. People usually think anything labelled "post-thrash" will be random polyrrhythms, complex irrational patterns and polymeters, but Core Device plays mostly 4/4 songs with harmonization and power chord-driven bits. We’re not saying it's simplistic, because Our Fellowship Eternal is indeed a top-tier album when it comes to composition. The original arrangements are intensified by the fact that the songs actually evolve and progress, adding vocal styles and not-so-traditional dual guitar parts. And it's not like the progression of the themes is predictable either. In summary: catchy songs, easy to follow, but definitely not simple-minded.

While the album is that great compositionally, it's not as great when it comes to the technical part. Alright, it IS very good, but it's not as brilliant as one would expect from a band that can compose a song like "Burning Away." The guitar riffs are mostly amazing, but there are some that are pretty much filler riffs. That is, riffs that just fit, but add nothing to the song. At least there's usually the bass in those parts to make up for it with some simple but pummeling leads. The drumming's quite good as well with some inventive bits, but overall nothing to drool over.

Our Fellowship Eternal would easily be a 9.5/10 album if it were more developed in the technical side, but that's when you realize that, after all, it's still a debut album. And a really damn good one at that. Anyone into the more traditional genres of metal but wanting more original bands will absolutely adore this one. (8.5/10)

Paul T Jennings

Very Well Done!!
As a part of the "$5 Specials" I picked up OUR FELLOWSHIP ETERNAL after downloading the title track from their website, I think. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised!! The production was solid, the songwriting was definitely up to par, and the vocalist can actually sing, very well in fact. Hard to categorize. Snippets of "Nevermore" and " Communic" but definitely their own sound thanks to the very versatile vocalist; from gruff and aggressive to haunting and melancholic ("Strangers"). I was impressed, and for only 5 bucks. Take my advice, pick 2 other CD's from the $5 Specials along with this one and get all 3 for $15. Actually, just pay the regular price. It's more than worth it!!