The new long-awaited masterpiece from Revelations of Rain does not aim for demonstration of novel inventions presenting perfect gloomy doom death metal which found response in the hearts of music lovers. Its essence lies in sound and style recognizable from the very first chords: pure atmospheric sound, diverse arrangements combining hasteless guitar riffs with keyboard support and up-tempo majestic interludes. Despite its dark and severe music the band leaves the space for inspired melodies
Apart from the rather silly band name there isn’t much wrong with ‘Drawn To Descend' by Ov Hollowness from Canada. This one-man band plays relatively simple atmospheric black metal. Noisy guitars produce riffs quite strongly reminiscent of old Katatonia and placed on top of these are melodic lead guitars that very strongly remind me of Windir. Moody? Quite. One can blame the band a lack of ideas but the songs do exactly what they should do: create a pleasant nostalgic atmosphere. The album is pleasant listen even though it is a bit too long. Decent album without adding much to the black metal canon. (www.lordsofmetal.nl)
Longtime readers of this site know that Maelstrom flies the flags of Eikenskaden (and sister band, Mystic Forest) as high as any. And the reasons you should buy any and all of these bands’ records are as follows:
1) Eikenskaden doesn’t sound like any other band.
2) Not only is #1 true, but Eikenskaden’s take on black metal is colossal: scathing melody rooted in classical music, fucked up and fuzzed out and sped up, sounding brittle and fragile yet simultaneously massive, and delivered with a result that’s visceral and primal and moving to the core.
3) I, Roberto Martinelli, personally helped out on this record.
To prove that this is not an ego trip, know that Eikenskaden’s first record, The Black Lament’s Symphony, is probably still the band’s best. But The Last Danse and this one are more of the same, and if a band finds a sound, why re-invent the wheel? So click that fancy red link at the end of this review and get yourself a copy. It’d be a shame if Eikenskaden were Maelstrom’s best kept secret. (9/10) (www.maelstrom.nu)
I - Mother of Peril II - The Weping Tree III - Veils of Ice that Impersonate Mirrors IV - Channeling Volatile Energy V - You Must Admit, The Sun is Dying VI - Beneath the Oak VII - Beauty is Derelict in Mine Eyes VIII - Never Let a Flower Adorn my Grave
1. Morlocks Will Rise! 04:11 2. Demon King! 04:47 3. War Drums 04:51 4. Christ in Hell 03:43 5. Mirror-Made Tricks 04:09 6. Evil Dead (Death) 02:57 7. Psicho 04:11 8. Mastered Dogs 04:37 9. Flowers on Your Grave 03:41 10. Human Remains Banquet 04:45 11. The Masque of the Red Death 01:21
One of the bigger surprises of the year comes courtesy of Omega Centauri - a two man project based in the UK and Belgium. Blending black metal, ambient, doom and a plethora of styles into one monumental whole, Universum Infinitum is an entity in its own right, standing far above and outside the mundanity of what is often referred to as "extreme metal". 6-panel digifile CD, limited to 1000 copies.