Esoctrilihum is a solo project from France that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a symphonic and occult mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "Eternity Of Shaog" which will be released in May by I, Voidhanger Records.
Melodic guitar riffing starts off the album while also mixing in with the heavier sections of the music. The solos and leads also add in a great amount of melody along with the vocals being mostly grim sounding black metal screams and the riffs also add in some elements of death metal.
Ritualistic spoken word parts can also be heard at times while a great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. Growls can also be heard at times along with some tracks also adding in some clean playing and when the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the music also mixing symphonic elements into the heavier sections of the songs. Acoustic guitars can also be heard in certain sections of the album along with some tracks also adding in pianos and violins which also gives the songs more of an avant garde touch, clear vocals can also be heard at times and as the album progresses whispered vocals can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism, Darkness and the writings of H.P Lovecraft.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Esoctrilihum and if you are a fan of symphonic and occult black and death metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Exh-Eni Soph (1st Passage: Exiled From Sanity)" "Amenthlys (5th Passage: Through The yth-Whtu Seal)" and "Eternity Of Shaug (∞th Passage: Grave Ff Agony)". 8/5 out of 10.