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Review: Ecliptic - As Of Yet Unknown
As Of Yet Unknown

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 41:54
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: October 21, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 1.8/5 (36%) (5 Votes)

As of Yet Unknown is the debut full-length of this Eastern American band. Ecliptic is a four piece band that includes two guitar players. The project was originally formed in 1998 by Markus Hampel (vocals and guitars) and Sidney Mortensen (percussions).

The artwork is leading the potential listener into thinking this is going to be some sort of progressive or maybe an obscure metal type of album. Well in fact, both of those influences are present in their music. Basically, Ecliptic is a black metal band. They have the distorted guitar work, wicked rasps, various paces that include the fast one with double basses and tremolo picking leads and different moods too. On about half of the compositions, they had the good idea to include the pleasant acoustic/classical guitar tones, which always increase the harmonious level by a notch and a half. This album is melodic with a certain progressive touch; notably in the time signatures. I found that the shifting from one mood to another was not done smoothly. The compositions in general are pleasant to listen, although not bearing a lasting impression afterwards. I liked the songs having the organic sound of course, as well as those have more crunch such as " Empyrical Sphere", "The River Flows On", "Limitations" and "Emergence".

All in all, As Of Yet Unknown has its moments without being an outstanding black metal output.

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