At the beginning of January, the Fort Lauderdale based band, Ether Coven released their third full-length album, Everything Is Temporary Except Suffering. This album was recorded, mixed and produced by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Goatwhore) with additional mastering done by Alan Douches (Cradle of Filth, Motorhead) at West West Side. The band has spent the last three years touring clubs and DIY venues across the Eastern seaboard and Canada. Each year, Ether Coven has been pushing the sound & genre boundaries of meta each year. In an interview done with Dillion Collins of Metal Injection, front man Peter Kowlasky comments “There's so much more dynamic than just a three-minute punchy song and screaming the entire time,” which include very slow and long lulls. There are a lot of parts in the songs in which there are layers and huge movements of music. Like a lot of artists in 2020, Ether Coven, themes in this album consist of political issues, women's rights, the current political climate, and other social justice issues. I think that with all of the problems going on in the world, artists are becoming more aware of their platform, and using it for good. We can only hope that albums with political themes can evoke a big enough change.
Review By: Bethany Clancy