Eulogy – ‘Back to Life’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 04:00

Eulogy Back To LifeEulogy are a three-piece band from the Welsh Valleys who I have seen a few times at my favourite grass roots venue, The Dragonffli.  This is their debut EP, and its already hit 10,000 plays on Reverbnation.  It was recorded at Coda Recordings, owned by Nev McDonald and Neil Garland of Hand of Dimes, who absolutely stole the show at last year’s Steelhouse Festival.  

 

Anyway, the band are Neil Thomas (bass and vocals), Mike Williams (guitar) and Mark Donaldson (drums).  The EP has three tracks and are all in the early ‘80s European AOR style of the Scorpions.  

 

The opening riff and bass lines on the first track, ‘Life That Was Once Mine’, drags you straight into the track, and the vocal range of Neil is very good singing in the upper register.  There is adequate power to carry the vocal over the bass guitar driven track.  He does have a tendency to use a bit too much vibrato in all the vocals for my liking, but it does give the band a sound that is different to other bands I’ve seen recently. 

 

‘Back To Life’ continues in the same vein with the guitar playing of Mike Williams being intricate and very riffy, and the drums provide the bass playing with a solid backdrop.  The guitar playing comes into its own on the acoustic guitar playing on the final track, ‘Broken Skin’, which’ as usual’ turns out to be my favourite track on the album (sucker punch for me, acoustic guitar!).

 

The mixing and mastering is superb, but I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Garland.

 

Overall a very good debut EP, and I look forward to seeing these tracks played live in the not too distant future.

 

‘Back To Life’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

 

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