Up, and up and up.
That’s where Eternal Helcaraxe have taken themselves with this – not a blow-you-away leap forward, but in an impressive notch above their last.
They sound like a band re-invigorated, and up for the fight.
Possibly because everything here is a bit faster, a bit rawer – their highly traditional black metal now benefits from a much, much sharper guitar sound than before that’s raw and biting.
Like old Gehenna or early Dimmu Borgir, with that icy thinness thats not weak, but just crisp and slicing.
The drumming too has sped up what feels like significantly.
But the real treat in here is the melodicism of those main guitar riffs. And in that sense they’ve only gone and penned what can justifiably be called a floor filler.
‘The Healer And The Cross’ is a fantastic, amazing piece of music. Fast, melodic in the old Dissection way, bursting with energy and fire. For more modern tastes you could reference Keep Of Kallessin or 1349, but either way this track just leaps out of the speakers.
Up and down it wanders, taking you with it on a wave of powerful, surging metal.
The rest follows suit in admirable fashion – never quite reaching this high, but absolutely engaging.
So well done lads – it’s a more than worthy black metal statement, and should most certainly bring them to greater international attention.
Co. Cavan isn’t really noted for its contribution to Ireland’s metal greats: so they can be proud of representing it.
– Earl Grey ::: 03/05/18