Goddess is a well executed and decently produced debut album from Echoes of Eternity
. Brandon Patton, the rhythm guitarist, employs plenty of thrash-like riffs giving the overall sound the heaviness it needs to compliment the angelic voice of Francine Boucher. Boucher, for her part, does an excellent job of using her voice like an instrument and "plays" her part in harmony with the songs as opposed to "singing" her lines like a diva. An unfortunate side effect of this style is an over-production of her vocals. She is overdubbed and echoed throughout the album. Still, she can carry a tune and the rest of the band follows suit with a very clean and technically sound approach to each song. The band also seems to be honing in a sound to call their own. Although most of the tracks have multiple sounds and styles within each piece, throughout the course of the whole album, this then becomes a pattern. Most of the better songs appear around the first half of the album with "The Forgotten
Goddess" being the highlight in the middle. Even though it seems they've run out of creative juice at the end, the musicianship will make you stay till the end and perhaps even beyond to the possibilities for future releases. Well produced in most areas, the bass comes out sounding weak and shadowy next to the rhythm parts. The drumming is solid with some nice fills throughout. At best, this is a solid effort with the highest compliment that you are hearing a very good band play rather than the singer highlighted with a session group in the background.