Ethereal Blue is a Greek band which was formed in the winter of 2002.
The band, which at this juncture also featured Keyboardist Stavros and
singer Eleana, recorded a demo called A Mourning Ocean.... With the two
aforenamed members leaving Efthimis was brought in on vocals, while
joined on piano. Shows with Rotting Christ (November, 2002), Septic
Flesh (May, 2003) and others followed until the group signed with
France's Deadsun Records. Black Heart Process was recorded partly at
Rock Sound Studio, partly at Allright Studio and Ars Studio in 2003. It
was released in the winter of 2005.
ETHEREAL BLUE - BLACK HEART PROCESS - DEADSUN
One knows something is wrong with this album beginning with the album's cover artwork where a silhouette, the band's logo and the album's title are swamped by a mass of purple and blue. They apparently are still writing and recording albums like these. You know, the ones they term atmospheric 'metal', like Adipocere Records was releasing ten years ago and almost drove that label (although DSFA, Witchhunt and others did go broke releasing albums like it) to bankruptcy, with the metal component being debatable. There are two vocal styles on Black Heart Process, one is aggressive and the other is melodic and clean. The styles are often present simultaneously. There are keyboards and pianos all over the place and the guitars are amateurishly played. The production is weak which takes even that away from the group's potential arsenal. The song War appropriately begins faster and harder, but a song like Transplanted Images drops all pretensions and is thoroughly a soft pop tune. Of course, the six-piece quickly tries to balance things on the appropriately-titled following song, Licking The Wounds. Then again, the commercialism of the keyboards nix that notion quickly. The album ends with a long eight-minute song which starts as a Classical piece with vocals and piano accompaniment and metamorphoses into a jazz number. Legions of metal awake - ha! - Ali "The Metallian"