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 - "Isolated Intelligence" (Austria)
Whenever I think of Austria these days, my mind tends to wander to the delicious looking Yara from Hegre Art instead of, say, Abigor or Summoning. I never was a particular fan of both, but I recognize their overall regional importance to the genre. Eschaton was formed in 1998 under the moniker Dominus Satanas and released their debut "GodMode" in 2004. I’m not sure why it took 8 years to get another record out and I honestly don’t care either way. What I can say is that this isn’t pure black metal by any stretch of the imagination - and I don’t think that was the point or overall objective. The vocals have a lot of similarities with Legion’s early days in Marduk, very powerful and well enunciated. For one thing the riffing and chord progression have a lot in common with Swedish death metal, in general. One track even has light female guest vocals. I’m not sure what this band wants to be, in fact. Do you want to be a melodic Swedish death metal band or a more conventional black metal act? Eschaton constantly balances between both genres, unsure which path to embark upon and commit to. This straddling between genres isn’t bad in itself; it’s just annoying and grating when it comes right down to it. How would I rate this record? I honestly have no idea. The music just sort of passed me by without any real impact. It neither irritated nor aggrevated me enough to warrant anger and insults, but it isn’t particularly engaging either, so I’m not going to tout this as a sort of big thing - because it is not, far from it. It is just a solid little death/black metal record that throws influences from both genres in a cauldron and cooks it warm enough to be interesting. So, yeah - good for what it is, but that ‘s about it. I honestly have no strong feelings about this. It exists and you can buy it, if you are into "supporting the underground" and so on.Wouter 5
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