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Friday, March 23, 2012

Eternal Helcaraxe/Against All Odds/Abyss Records/2012 CD Review

  Eternal Helcaraxe are a band from Ireland that plays a very raw and primitive form of pagan black metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Against All Odds" which was released by Abyss Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown in at times, while the keyboards when they are utilized bring a very dark, epic and atmospheric sound to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast pagan black metal riffs that are very raw and primitive sounding mixed in with a lot of  melodic riffing that has a traditional metal feeling to them, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding black/pagan metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to give the music the feeling of the dark ages.

Vocals are mostly hateful sounding high pitched black metal screams mixed in with some clean singing pagan vocals as well as a brief use of deep growls and a spoken word part being used on one song, while the lyrics cover Paganism and Mythology themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound to it.

In my opinion Eternal Helcaraxe are a very great sounding pagan/black metal band with a melodic edge and if you a fan of this style of music, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Invictus" "We Assist Death" and "Echoes Through Our Blood". RECOMMENDED BUY. 

1 comment:

  1. Correct spelling is Eternal Helcaraxe, if you can make those corrections? Thanks Dan / Abyss Records