Least Worst Option
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I had some material done already before the demise of Lord Belial. Some of the material was actually intended for the next Lord Belial album, but since we disbanded I changed around all of the ideas into new songs.
I don’t really consider it that much superior. But we KEPT the quality from 1st to 4th album, and that is something that is not easy to do! And I think there will come a 5th album that will kick just as much ass.
Eschaton - "Unshaken" (Greece)
Hass Weg Productions
Maybe I’ve grown tired of this thing. Maybe I never really cared for it to begin with. I dunno. The fact is Eschaton is another straightforward, Scandinavian black metal act hailing from Hellas. That in itself isn’t very special, because Hellas always has had a potent black metal scene. In fact, the Hellenic black metal scene is probably my favorite of all European regional scenes. At least Greece differentiated itself from Scandinavia through usage of ethnic instrumentation and folk influences. Just to contextualize that Greece actually has an interesting scene and its own sound. Eschaton has none of that. The end time (also called end times, end of days, last days or eschaton) is a time period described in the eschatological writings in the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and in doomsday scenarios in Hinduism, Buddhism and various other non-Abrahamic religions. The name is currently employed by four acts internationally (in Austria, Brazil and the United States). This particular Eschaton is the Greek variant. "Unshaken" is another in a long line of records that sound exactly like its direct inspirations and forbears, only without that spark that made the originals so compelling and forever listenable. Some competent black metal every once in a while can go a long way; but the more underground bands in this genre I hear, the less I’m inclined to add new titles to my standard Scandinavian black metal collection. If you think I’m sounding bitter, you’d be right. Records like this annoy me to no end, and with good reason. Do these bands even listen to their own records once they’ve committed them to tape/computer? Why would I bother with your stupid band, if you sound almost exactly as the records that I bought in the ‘90s when this genre first came to prominence? Why do labels continue to churn out these inconsequential wastes of plastic? Why do you and your stupid friends keep buying dumb shit like this? By Odin, this is a waste of time.http://www.hassweg-prod.comWouter 5
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