|Review: Eclipse Eternal - Reign Of The Unholy Blackened Empire|
|Reign Of The Unholy Blackened Empire|
Label: Galy Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 3, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Reign Of The Unholy Blackened Empire
Odd that with all the Canadians on this site, I never heard about this band. On the other hand, they are from Toronto. Anyway, Eclipse Eternal are a BM band using Emperor's 'epic' period as their jumping-off point and going from there. This is their debut album, and it's pretty fucking cool.
This band takes a high-speed Black Metal base and adds epic keys and a lot of interludes to make the whole thing more epic and sprawling. I like the approach, especially since EE have not forgotten the METAL here. Usually, this kind of thing gets too keyboardy for its own good, but these guys keep the pedal down and have a very heavy attack with a strong production to keep things fierce, so this reminds me way more of the awesome Dark Fortress than anything limp like Stormlord. This band is essentially doing the same thing as Keep Of Kalessin, but they are doing it better. If I have to level a complaint, it would be that this is too long. With this kind of high-speed attack and energy level, over an hour is just exhausting, and I have yet to get all the way through this disc at one sitting. Still, Eclipse Eternal are compelling, and with a debut this strong they could definitely go places. A band to watch.
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