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Ereb Altor: The End
Doom Metal, Viking Metal
Napalm Records
April 20th, 2010
Release length: 48:17
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The End, the follow up full-length album to their debut release By Honour, marks the return of Ereb Altor. Heralded as a band to be watched, the band continues to write a rather epic sounding blend of Doom and Viking Metal together with this release. But, does this release have the strength to push the band further into the Metal spotlight?

Actually, while the music on here is rather epic, it can get pretty boring after a while. The End focuses it’s roots moreso on a Doom atmosphere through slow paced music that has riffs, lyrical content, and clean singing that would appear on a Viking Metal release. The problem is that the music isn’t really all that powerful. Instead, much of the release seems to just drone on without any real powerful backing. The introductory track “The Entering” is exactly what it is, and follows the exact same formula of much of the album to set up “Myrding”, which is a good song but doesn’t really do much else that every other track on here doesn’t already do.

The End seems to follow a very steady pattern through many of the songs, but one track that stands out amongst the others is the shortest track on here. “Our Failure”, towards the end, features a sudden slight change in the speed of the song, and the guitars seem to sound more intense with some gutteral vocals thrown in as well. This will spark the life back into you not just because of how random it is, but because it’s actually really good, causing the song to end on a high note aside the chorus which seems to act moreso as a bridge. “A New But Past Day” even kicks off heavy and, for a good majority of the song, is really entertaining. But, some of that song sounds like “Myrding” rehashed, and then “Vargavinter (The End Part 1)” sounds like a not-so-heavy rehash of “A New But Past Day” and even “Our Failure”.

The only perk about all of this is that, due to the track lengths and similarities between songs, it feels as if you are listening to one solid epic that isn’t really seperated by tracks that seems to build up towards the three important tracks off here. “Vargavinter” to “The Final War” may sound similar to much more material on here, but the tracks just have more going on in them, regardless of whether they sound heavy or not. The only downfall to this three parter is the openner track “Vargavinter”, which, as stated above, has faults that will become boring over time.

If you pick up this CD and plan to sit down and be taken away to some land ruled by vikings, you’ll only partially get there. While this carries with it more of an ambience you would expect from a Viking release, the album seems to just give you the same thing over and over with very little difference outside of some moments where the music feels tighter and ultimately heavier. Until you reach the end of the album, The End could be summed up by the first actual track “Myrding” with “Our Failure” being the only track that has anything to stand out until then, which is very sad. There’s plenty of potential here for this band, and it’s obvious Ereb Altor has a great amount of talent, but it clearly isn’t shown that well on this release.

01. The Entering (Myrding Prologue) – 4:19
02. Myrding – 7:13
03. Our Failure – 5:37
04. A New But Past Day – 6:48
05. Vargavinter (The End Part I) – 6:26
06. Balder’s Fall (The End Part II) – 6:06
07. The Final War (The End Part III) – 11:48
Initial Pressing Score: 3/10

Ereb Altor
Ereb Altor

Digital review copy of this release provided by Napalm Records.