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Eclectika: Dazzling Dawn
Experimental Post-Black Metal
Asylum Ruins
February 25th, 2010
Release length: 49:00
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Dazzling Dawn marks the second full-length album by the post-Black Metal act Eclectika. On this release, the band brings their already established Post-Black Metal sound, which finds the band mixing a rather generic, though well done Black Metal sound with Electronica to create their rather experimental sound. Eclectika really does push the whole Experimental Post-Black Metal concept with these electronic ideals, as well as by creating an album that brings both the Black Metal sound, and ambience together in perfect harmony to create a very dark and grim atmospheric album that seems to root itself around science-based concepts in a very science fiction setting in a very suiting follow-up full-length release from a band that may not be breaking new ground, but is definitely breaking many expectations. It’s just too bad this release has to have some of the issues that it has, otherwise this rather raw sounding release could have been something really special.

Dazzling Dawn is an odd little album that really does bring in some heavy Experimentation into the sound fans of Black Metal traditionally come to expect. While the album starts off with a title track that doesn’t dramatically alter the common perception of the style, the rest of the release after “Dazzling Dawn” becomes a more Electronica fused style, whether only being heard primarily in the drumming, such as the following track “Sophist Revenge”, or by being practically every element of the track, like the instrumental based track “Experience 845” which is mostly Electronica and Industrialized sounds layered over things such as a baby screaming and other sound clips to give off a very science fiction based sense of chaos. “11 Corps décharnés” is literally the same idea, however in this case it is drug out to an ambient filled ten minute track length. Then of course you have the instrumental track “The Next Blue Exoplanet” which is much easier on the ears to kick back and listen, and is well done at creating the same kind of science fiction based atmosphere, but without the chaos, acting more as a symphonic interlude based solely in harmony that both works with the music, but at the same time contrasts a bit due to how more upbeat it is when comparing it to other tracks, like the following darker, heavier song “Marble Altar”.

Aside all of that, the basic instruments on this album are a little strange as well, and it’s a bit unclear as to whether much of it was done on purpose, or just from an odd recording quality. The guitars on the release are heavily distorted, and in some cases sound as if it’s just one continuous sound being copied and pasted digitally, as it’s hard to really tell if the guitarist is actually strumming or not. While the heavy distortion is up for debate as to whether it was intentional or sounds that was from recording, what is clearly a recording problem is the vocals. While the rhaspy male vocals are of a suitable volume that mixes well with the audio level of the guitars and drums, there are many tracks where the female vocals sound very out of place, as well as rather bland against the music. “Sophist Revenge” and “Marble Altar” are two of these tracks. While it’s clear the overall sound of the album is rather raw, the female vocals seem to be the same level as the male vocals, but really have a very low quality to them, even for a raw recording, and often can sound horrendous when she puts effort into reaching higher notes instead of just being in the background now and then such as on “Stockholm Syndrome”.

Sadly, that is not all when it comes to the female vocals on this release. “Sophist Revenge” is easily one of the more annoying tracks off the release, and is also the first track here to introduce you to the more experimentational sound of the release. While the song itself is really not that bad, the female vocals are what really seem to drag it down. While having female vocals in the first place is a nice touch and often suits the music well, the vocalist here tries to hit a higher pitch every time she sings, but in the process of doing so, winds up getting off key with the song, leading to a sound that comes off more as a struggle to hit that higher note which sounds terrible. Had she stuck to a lower note in the first place, the song itself would have been much better off. Luckily this track is really the only time she seems to be off key with the music, as well as try to really reach for the higher notes. The only other negative aspect of this release is “Experience 835”. While this track is just dripping with chaotic and creepy ambience, the listener will also note that much of it seems to be rooted from the closing track “11 Corps décharnés”, as if the band just took a cut from this track and slapped it there to try to extend the life of the album. While this won’t disrupt your first playthrough, obviously you’ll pick up on it the more times you listen to the album, and ultimately skip it after a while.

Even with all of that said, there are still plenty of great songs on here. “Dazzling Dawn” makes for a great straight forward Black Metal track that fans of the style will surely have a great appreciation for, and of course the lighter acoustic based track “Les démons Obsédants du Regret” is a nicely composed slower piece that listeners can just kick back, relax, and kind of drift away too. With a nice mixture of heavy songs like “Stockholm Syndrome”, as well as ambient-based songs, Dazzling Dawn has a lot going for it, and really just brings a different perspective all together to the post-Black Metal field and makes for an album you’ll keep coming back to, and shows off the potential Eclectika has nicely.

01. The End – 2:58
02. Dazzling Dawn – 4:05
03. Sophist Revenge – 4:27
04. Les d̩mons Obs̩dants du Regret Р5:57
05. There is No Daylight in the Darkest Paradise – 5:45
06. Experience 835 (Instrumental) – 3:41
07. The Next Blue Exoplanet (Instrumental) – 3:25
08. Marble Altar – 5:16
09. Stockholm Syndrome – 3:25
10. 11 Corpse d̩charn̩s Р10:00
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

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Physical review copy of this release provided by Asylum Ruins.