Metal Review – Eleanora: EP

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Eleanora: EP
Doom Metal, Post-Hardcore, Sludge Metal
Consouling Sounds
June 6th, 2014
Release length: 15:55
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Eleanora initially activated back in 2007, but it wasn’t until April of 2014 the five-piece from Ghent, Belgium issued their first recording, a split release with Amenra. Barely two months later, a brand new two-song EP is being released through Consouling Sounds. With little to show for themselves at this point, will this be the release that breaks new ground for the band, or will it simply go by undetected?

“Mammon” kicks things off with a faster Sludge Metal performance that better sticks out when the pace slows down to allow the darker atmospheres to soak up the hearty screaming and various Post-Hardcore segments including the decent breakdown about two-and-a-half minutes in. Other than the mood, this track promises to lead you somewhere, but inevitably spends most of its time getting lost or never reaching that intended destination. “Amenable” sticks more to Doom Metal and manages to accomplish a little more thanks to some of the simple melancholic hooks that compliment the slight increase in enthusiasm behind the vocals to establish a truly mournful experience that acts as a representation of desperation at a funeral. While it isn’t too memorable, it speaks far more for the talent Eleanora possess for creating tragic musical atmospheres than “Mammon.”

When it comes to creating dark and miserable environments in their performances, Eleanora prove it’s something they excel at. Everything else, however, ends up stuck in neutral without the members even knowing it. EP ends up more a recording to throw on for background noise than something substantial for any of the styles the group dabbles in, which is disappointing given how long they existed before going into the studio. Perhaps time will tell but, for now, EP ends up an unfortunate introduction.

01. Mammon – 8:08
02. Amenable – 7:47
Initial Pressing Score: 4/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Consouling Music via Viral Propaganda PR.