Review – Eerie: Into Everlasting Death

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Eerie: Into Everlasting Death
Atmospheric Black Metal
Arachnophobia Records
December 5th, 2014
Release length: 33:05
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Poland’s Black Metal outfit Eerie is yet another underground being to have been picked up by the recently forged Arachnophobia Records, based out of the same country. The duo of guitarist Mateusz “Ancestor” Jamróz (Formosus, Outre) and Marcin “V.O.W.O.C.” Stępień (21:37, Medieval Plague) started working together on this project early in 2014, only to find themselves unleashing the four track full-length Into Everlasting Death through the label in early December of that year. But is this offering just too soon, or has the duo nurtured their sound long enough to unleash a truly memorable experience?

While Ancestor is known more as a guitarist, and “V.O.W.O.C.” as vocalist, you can rest assured knowing there are drums and bass included as well, both of which come through with a very crisp bite, holding just enough of an analog-style emptiness to the music to make a good amount of this sound warm and intimate in an occult-like embrace. This is especially the case with some of the mind-numbingly hypnotic rhythms the duo can unleash, as well as the harsher commanding shouts that erupt from time to time between the sharpened shrieks and deeper growls that make up most of this highly atmospheric album. “Mining Out of Black Earth” introduces all of this well through a variety of your standard frostbitten Black Metal grooves, hostile passages with steady rapid-fire drums not afraid to slam into blast beats with chaotic riffs, as well as clean singing with melodic passages that can remind listeners of the likes of Dissection towards the end, which only get more epic as you approach the conclusion.

“Into Everlasting Death” is actually a slower bludgeoning assault that bides its time well. Things start off fairly traditional, hitting you with mid-tempo sharpened riffs that don’t offer much outside the typical second wave Black Metal groove, but things do start to get far more blunt overall, building up the melodic material at the half-way mark, as well as the closing, which ends up a stark contrast to the dismal and aggressive passages before it by offering an inspirational, even emotionally charged performance. “Of Descending Moon”, however, keeps that empowering environment alive much of the time, really focusing on strong hooks and oddly fun drum patterns that make you want to head bang in a manner suited to traditional Polka or Oompa dancing come the two minute mark.

The title track also acts as a bridging point to “Among the Ashes”, turning that positivity in a sorrow filled world Pagan Black Metal fans will be quite comfortable in. The slow opening riffs drip with Doom inspired misery akin to early Katatonia, gradually turning into a memorial full of emotion in the music, and in the vocals in spots. However, this is one of the only times the group really seems to incorporate some padding into the mix. About six minutes in, the music stops to give way to what at first sounds like rain in the background behind some random notes being plucked without distortion, which is actually just some white noise. It’s eerie in execution at the very start to say the least, but shortly after it does get boring in it’s terrible Avant-garde approach, and annoying beyond the first minute. From here it’s a slow build back to glory by trying to create an ominous presence through well executed riffs and cymbal crashes that act like blasts of thunder and lightning, which never achieve the desired impact. In fact it helps to kill the flow, taking you out of the music and making it impossible for the misery soaked hooks to pull you back in.

Into Everlasting Death is an interesting contribution from the Polish underground that is faulted by a segment of filler on “Among the Ashes” that only works in theory. Of course you could argue the band is trying to achieve too much from too many different styles of Black Metal at once, and it’s a justifiable argument, really. There is a lot going on through these four songs that does make it hard to focus on the direction of the band from a listener’s point of view. However, Eerie does manage to tackle all these differing sub-genres in a way that is obvious by the time you move into the next track. But, in the end, the range that this two-piece brings to the table is astonishing none the less, making listeners wonder just what the band can achieve if given more than under a year to write.


01. Mining Out of Black Earth – 7:22
02. Into Everlasting Death – 6:40
03. Among the Ashes – 12:02
04. Of Descending Moon – 7:01
Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

Eerie

Digital review copy of this release provided by Arachnophobia Records
via Propaganda Chaosu.