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Review: Ea - A Etilla
A Etilla

Label: Solitude Productions
Year released: 2014
Duration: 49:12
Tracks: 1
Genre: Funeral Doom


Review online: August 19, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 1.75/5 (35%) (8 Votes)

Ea are so intentionally mysterious it is almost comical, as they don't have a website, don't even use pseudonyms, and refuse to even confirm what country they are from. Right now, their Bandcamp lists them as based out of Wyoming, but that could be bullshit. This is their fifth album in a career that now spans over a decade, and it does not disappoint.

Testament to their obscurity is the fact that even I – a fan of the band – was unaware this was even released three years ago. Though that might have more to do with the declining efficiency of Solitude Productions' publicity arm than anything else. This is more of what I love Ea for: long, beautiful Doom compositions (in this case one single song) with sometimes strikingly gorgeous guitar work. The band uses keys and some Gregorian-sounding choirs to help construct the music with a lot of space and depth. Good Funeral Doom always makes me think in terms of the sea – waves and crests and dark deeps – and this album is no exception. I find the ending of the album a little weak, as it just kind of stops, without the magisterial flourish I would expect. A bit weaker than other Ea albums, but still good.

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