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CD REVIEW:  E Lafuentes - E-Magic

 by: Cyrus Rhodes

 

 

 

 

Artist: E Lafuentes

CD: E-Magic

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://www.elafuentesmagic.com/

Genre: Heavy Metal, Gothic Rock, Hard Rock, Electronica Metal
Sounds Like: Type O’ Negative, Fields of the Nephilim, Poisonblack

Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/ Musicianship Grade: 7/10

Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 8/10

Best Songs: On the Bar Rock Star, Breath of God, Save Me
Weakness: Winded Songs,  Mix (vocals), Vocal Performances (lack of melodic phrasing and pitch), More solos

 

CD REVIEW:

(BRONX) New York based Goth-Electronica-Metal composer, artist E Lafuentes just releases his latest CD E-Magic in 2013. Reading from his bio: There are plenty of magical music in the world but none have touched Ed’s heart and soul like HEAVY METAL, From the darkness of Black Sabbath to the speed of Slayer, The evil of Venom to the hard core of S.O.D.,the doom of Candlemass and the horror of Alice Cooper and the necromantical sounds of Celtic Frost. This music is an onslaught of magic and power that moves the body and stimulates the soul. THUNDERING bass and Chugging guitars, CANNON FIRE DRUMS and a Rainbows of Vocals with WAVE CRASHING Synths come together in a colossal collision of majestic music that is blessed by the God’s and Goddesses themselves, this is E LAFUENTES.

The CD methodically takes of with apocalyptic ”The Sun” a striking low end prelude statement that sets the stage rather way for this catalogue of music and leads you by the hand into Track 2 ”Breath of God.” This piece hits hard with its thrashing rock rhythm, thunderous guitar chords and catchy metal core vocal delivery from Lafuentes. Track 3 "ANU" delivers more of the same raw intensity that slams your ears into submission with its thought provoking lyrical content, impressive vocal ambience and overall apocalyptic melody. The CD doesn’t let up - with Track 4 “God of War” is an interesting piece that whips you around like a wild tornado, with melodic guitar and dynamic vocal intensity from Lafuentes that flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Type O’ Negative, Fields of the Nephilim, and Poisonblack. I can also hear Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie. It definitely has the New York retro metal feel to it. I will add that this is one composer that has carved out a unique nice for himself within their unique fusion of sound. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane gothic metal CD but sounds fresh and new. The musical style refuses to be pinned into submission. The vocals are gritty and are deep in your grill, the guitar playing is dark and hot to the touch. Some of the theatrical production touches are impressive and borderline brilliant. The songs themselves are reckless, progressive and packed to the hilt with raw intensity and lyrical content straight from the crypt keeper. Lafuentes' vocal style works with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. What I like most about the music is its intensity, intellectualism and consistency. Lafuentes also does a pretty good job at presenting intellectually stimulating visuals and thought provoking lyrics and subject matter throughout making this a thinking mans Metal. All of this make for a some tasty  marketability. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From methodical “Mission EA, to my personal favorite “On the Bar Rock Star” to melodic “Don’t Wake the Dead” to intense “King No Name” and “Live Forever” to psychedelic “Save Me” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 "Magic" the perfect finale statements for a CD of this caliber.  

 

All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I also wish I heard more guitar soloing and top shelf vocal intensity from E Lafuentes on some pieces. Ironically many songs lack blood curling vocal emotion. Though the mix presents some amazing low end punch and frequencies I don't really care how the vocals sit within the sonic space - kind of in the background. To go with this last issue it’s fair to say Lafuentes doesn’t have the greatest baritone in the world. What he lacks in vocal skills he makes up for as a composer, but he lacks the top flight vocal ability, melodic pitch and captivating timber say a Maynard Keenen or Jonathan Davis (Korn) have. As a result the vocals and subsequent songs tend to sound repetitive overall as they lack serious pitch and need more creative melodic phrasing. 

 

The latest CD E-Magic from E Lafuentes is a solid and consistent musical statement from the Bronx, New York. Its strength – the impressive songwriting, musical ambience and theatrics and overall dark theatrical intensity that keeps coming at you song for song. The messages are dark, though provoking, intense and may cause your ears to either bleed of freeze solid.   

 

Cyrus Rhodes

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