|Review: Ethernal - Grim Ethernity|
Label: Unholy Design Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 11, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)
At first, I felt so so about this band. Their sound really turned me off. I mean, I don't mind a raw production as such, which is especially appropriate in Black Metal. Think of acts like Xasthur and Striborg for instance. It is a different story when the production turns a drum kit into some sort of cardboard / Mickey Mouse sound, if you see what I mean! It is unfortunately the case in the fastest parts of this album, like the ones found in the first two tracks ("Grim Eternity" and "Blood, Chains & Misery").
On Grim Ethernity, the guitar work is good though; same goes for the ghostly discrete rasps. The listener can see, and hear, that these guys are actually able to compose and play descent music. Proof of this is the next series of compositions, tracks #3 to 5, namely "Colossus", "Echoes" and "Haggard". Now we're talking good Black Metal! Prime Ethernal is what you get on this trio. Crafty compositions with variation, harmonies, better sound, progressive time signatures, arpeggios, and moderate paces. A touch of keyboards is popping in once and a while, remaining mostly in the background. The only exception is on the closing track, "Black September", where the symphonic approach was chosen. The song "Echoes" shows resemblance to the Moody Blues, while "Haggard" was clearly inspired by vintage Sabbath. The power riffs are very reminiscent of "Iron Man", without being a direct copy.
All in all, I must say that Grim Ethernity turned out to be not so bad after all, but for hell's sake, get a better production next time around 'cause Mickey Mouse drum kit are not kvlt!
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