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Review : the Album Gaia’s Legacy by Italian Progressive Thrash Metal Band Eldritch

Updated on January 3, 2017

Gaia's Legacy: Front Album Cover

The front album cover perfectly portrays what is now happening to our world. The tree is barren and has no leaves. Protect nature as well!
The front album cover perfectly portrays what is now happening to our world. The tree is barren and has no leaves. Protect nature as well!

Gaia's Legacy is the band's first album since 2007 and lyrically a different one

Eldritch is a band that this writer has been following for years. Their 2011 album Gaia’s Legacy is another solid effort. It is their first album since 2007’s Blackenday. This album in particular has lyrical themes that focus on how we must do what we can to protect the environment. The global temperatures are rising and with it, the ice caps are melting causing a threat to human life on Earth.

The first half of the album especially highlights the importance of protecting the environment

How long can we tolerate the sun hitting the Earth and burning everything in its path? What is the reason for this action? These are very valid questions that the band asks in the song Everything’s Burning. The opening track Gaia’s Anger is just a minute long that features an audio news broadcast alerting listeners that Hurricane Katrina has just struck New Orleans. To understand the effect of the concept of global warming, look no further than the song Our Land. The song is a passionate plea to save the land and environment. We would all like to live and experience what life has to offer before we pass on and die. The first line of that chorus “come console me Mr. Weatherman” should give listeners the clue of how important the protection of the planet is for the band members and all of us. We must seriously keep all of our environmental protections in place to ensure the safety of our planet. Climate change is no hoax like Donald Trump had suggested during his presidential campaign. You can clearly hear that Our Land has a definite progressive element to it because of the keyboard playing. If you enjoy the music of bands such as Dream Theater you should definitely enjoy Eldritch as well. Vortex of Disasters continues on the subject of environmental dangers and the rise of greenhouse gases. We should live each day of our lives like it is the last. There is a great discrepancy of rainfall depending upon the location. As the song states, some locations get so many rainy days while in other places there are severe drought problems. Mother Earth begins with some spoken words of a man that says he will look around him for signs of change but he cannot find any at this time. The song is about how the skies and air have become more polluted. The days of clear skies and being able to take walks along the beach and breathe air that is clean is something of the past for people living in certain places in the world. Even though the song does not mention names of specific locations where people may be suffering because of air quality problems, we can infer what some of those places are.

The Official Music Video for the song Everything's Burning

Gaia's Legacy Raises Awareness of what we must do to protect the environment

The song Everything’s Burning features Terence Holler doing some of his most melodic vocals that I have heard. By this time, Eldritch had been active for 20 years. I think there’s a good chance that they could last 30 years at this rate. As Terence sings: “for how long, how long should we take this, what’s wrong what is the reason?” you can clearly notice that he is passionate about humans making sure that thy do something to combat the problem of global warming. Great job Terence! This writer gets the sense that the album is like a concept album that is addressing the problems of rising temperatures, destruction of the ozone layer, and the rise of greenhouse gases which I have already mentioned. The melodic song called Like a Child makes reference to the fact that the rich do not really help the poor as this gift called Earth is breaking down because of the selfish nature of human beings. It is like a child playing with his brand new toy that he has been given and wants to play to always win and to never lose. Life is never about always winning or being right. Sometimes loss is necessary for us to appreciate the value of winning. The song Signs has a sort of bass line to it. We must give our children and planet a chance to thrive and survive. There’s really no reason to overthink this as we have much work to do to protect our planet from eventual destruction. I wish that more bands would raise awareness of these issues so that humans could come together and work to create a planet that is healthier for future generations.

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Final Thoughts and how Gaia's Legacy Compares to earlier albums

Overall although I really like the concept in Gaia’s Legacy and the melodies are good, the album still is not as good as Portrait of the Abyss Within or Neighbourhell. The strongest songs in the album include Deviation, Our Land, Vortex of Disasters, Everything’s Burning and Like a Child. The band has come a distance from their first album Seeds of Rage in 1995 which was the best way they could have started a career. That album focused on lyrical themes such as the flaws of politics and governments, the dangers of drinking and driving and romance. Gaia's Legacy is a more important album musically because our environment is critical. If that breaks down, it it will be harder to sustain human life on this planet. Do what you can to encourage others to listen to this album and please save the environment!

The song called Like a Child

The song called Vortex of Disasters

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