Metal Review – Equilibrivm: Nightside of Eden

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Evangelivm: Nightside of Eden
Black Metal
Hammer of Hate Records
November 9th, 2010
Release length: 32:28
Evangelivm marks the first non-Finland based Black Metal act to be signed to Hammer of Hate Records, and it’s pretty clear why. Founded in Russia, and from what I can gather from the press release a two man outfit, as well as that it stems from the theistic gospel of Satan. Nightside of Eden marks the band’s debut full-length effort, featuring a great production quality to the album, and music that just comes across simply as violent. For the underground Black Metal world, this spiteful Black Metal release definitely stands out on it’s own.

Nightside of Eden may only be six tracks long, but it’s a full-length. There’s actually only four genuine tracks on here, as well as two instrumentals. The first, “Abyssus Abyssum Invocat in Voce Cataractarum Tuarum” lasts a good two and a half minutes, and isn’t anything all that spectacular for the album, but it does manage to set the tone somewhat, though to truly capture the atmosphere of the album in such a manner would be rather hard. Nightside of Eden seems to go between two musical plains: Dark and sinister, as well as melancholy and melodic. Most of the songs here pass the traditional track length of a song, with “Divine Flames” being the longest, clocking in at just over nine minutes long. However, it’s the varying musical approaches through each song that manage to keep the listener attentive. Most of the time, the songs are harsh and violent in atmosphere, going at a somewhat faster pace. Of course, when the songs slow down, the music becomes much colder and grim sounding, and this is usually where the album stands out the most.

The vocals on this release aren’t your typical high pitch rhasps that every Black Metal band and their grandmother’s perform. Instead, the approach here is more of a shouted manner, but with enough of a traditional Black Metal rhasp to suit the style, and a hint of distortion on the vocals. This all leads to some very menacing vocals that sound great when the album is lashing out at the listener, but when it slows down, such as during “The Black Devotion”, the vocals truly stand out as if you were facing a wolf in the coldest of snow-covered regions. The only problem is that, most of the faster moments, traditionally have the same kind of drumming going on, which is typically a steady pace that goes off like automatic firing, one after another, which devises many of the main verses. Of course, the drumming will change for different sections of the song to reflect a specific atmosphere, though the double bass kicks never really slow down unless the music itself is meant to slow down and become more grim then harsh. While it can become repetitive, the songs themselves are still strong enough to carry on and feel like a well oiled machine, never stopping with no sudden jerks between the shifting of the musical approaches or atmospheres through the entire album until the closing title track instrumental, “Nightside of Eden”, closing the album out on a cold, grim note.

The production to Nightside of Eden is very well done. There’s no real raw feeling to the album or it’s production, and there’s no little tracks to make it sound that way either, being mostly clear and at the proper levels that you hear all the instruments with nothing being drowned out of overtaking another instrument in general. The vocals are still a little lower, but that could mostly be due to the approach of the vocalist, as well as the effect utilized on his voice, but either way it is still audible and, for almost all the album, decipherable, yet still menacing. The instruments themselves still have a great deal of bite to them as well.

While the drumming isn’t the most stand out through the album, and can be a little tedious and repetitive after a while, Nightside of Eden makes for a high replay album. THis may be Evangelivm‘s debut album, but it really doesn’t show too much. The music is great and flows smoothly from start to finish, and bring a commanding performance that greatly varies the atmospheres in each of the songs. This isn’t just another underground Black Metal album, as sometimes you honestly can’t tell that it is and would look at it as a release from a well established act that is out there instead of being one of those acts that seems to hide in secrecy. Either way, this is a solid effort that has plenty of replay value to it.

01. Abyssus Abyssum Invocat in Voce Cataractarum Tuarum – 2:29
02. The Void – 7:59
03. Corpus Dei – 6:24
04. The Black Devotion – 4:40
05. Divine Flames – 9:02
06. Nightside of Eden – 1:55
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

Evangelivm

Digital review copy of this release provided by Hammer of Hate Records.