‘The Great Commonwealth’, an EP by five piece metal band, Death Of An Era, from Ohio is heavy, strong, but at times unoriginal. There are many good things to say about the EP. For example, ‘Shapeshifter’ is a stand out song that changes the direction that the EP is heading for the better. With a perfect balance between the two vocals, it shows a flare that was lacking in the previous tracks.
The only (although maybe critical) bad thing is that really, it’s nothing new. It is a good EP, the band shows great talent and promise, and if you’re really into metal/death metal, then there’s a good chance you’ll like it. Unfortunately, the words ‘fine’ or ‘nice’ spring to mind. Although technically compliments, they’re not really ones that people would hope for.
The problem is that there is very little to ‘love’ about the EP. It’s a bit safe, a bit same-y. A lot of the songs kind of run together and just all sound a bit alike. That being said, ‘The Great Commonwealth’ is an EP that is worth a go, whilst listening to it it’s hard not to imagine it being great live.
So this is not to say that Death Of An Era don’t have talent, this EP proves that they do. They just need to find more of a ‘sound’, they need to take a few more risks and produce something that’s slightly more interesting.
Written by Orla Conway