Rotting Corpse Records
June 8th, 2010
Release length: 1:05:21
While some may scoff at the fact that this band is from Chicago, Illinois, and originally started up in Lemont of the same State of the U.S., there really is no need to do so. Eve of Desecration is a well composed Black Metal effort that captures essentially what today’s Black Metal style is all about with great tenacity and energy amidst a slightly raw, but still rather nice production quality. This album offers up fifteen tracks total, and most of them are genuine tracks and not just instrumentals or audio sample interludes. Luckily, there’s very few, such as the haunting instrumental “Rise of the Immortals” that sets the tone of the album nicely, going from a haunting wind sound that keeps building as you journey through it with the volume being raised and the instruments kicking in until the vocalist screams out a statement that causes the song to bleed into “Invocation of the Seven Gates”. “Blackthorns and Crimson Blood” is a short little acoustic guitar interlude that, really, doesn’t do anything for the album other then take up a minute of time in the final pressing. “Into the Fathomless Depths” is another very short section, this time only distorted guitar playing a very brief piece that could have been left out, even if it’s just under forty seconds. Even the closing “Came an Autumn Wind” really feels like it could have been omitted, especially with the way “Metamorphosis of a Lycan” ends, having it go off into an acoustic guitar closing reminiscent of “Blackthorns and Crimson Blood”, that fades out nicely and should have been the right ending for the album. This isn’t to say “Came an Autumn Wind” is bad, as it is a very eerie sounding piece played on a keyboard, but would have been more effective as an introduction to “Metamorphosis of a Lycan” rather then following it, or even in place of “Blackthorns and Crimson Blood” all together.
Aside the few instrumentals on this album, the other eleven songs on this effort are often fantastic and just hammer away at you from the moment they start. While “Invocation of the Seven Gates” seems a little structural odd compared to the rest of the album, thriving more in it’s faster moments, but also utilizing some slower sections that wind up killing the effectively used suspense that the song’s more intense sounds seem to draw from “Rise of the Immortals”. Outside that, the song “For I am Thee Almighty” is another great song on here, having some nice harmonies in the mix that makes the chorus for this song catchy enough that it will stick in your skull and have you coming back for repeat listens further down the line. The same can be said with “Salvation Denied”, though the melodic elements that make “I am Thee Almighty” doesn’t really exist to that extreme on this track. However, the guitars for it are fantastic, especially the guitar solo here and on plenty of other songs, and can sometimes break into moments that just sound like sheer chaos.
There’s really no downside to the actual songs on this release. As stated, some of the instrumentals on this release are out of place, or just not necessary, but there are only two problems to be had with Eve of Desecration. The first issue here is that the vocals are sometimes a little painful to listen to. When the music is coming at you with a heavy, fast pace, you aren’t going to notice that the vocals are your typical Black Metal style, but seem to be done improperly, as if from the back of the throat. You’ll definitely pick up on this right at the state of the album when the vocalist shouts the closing statement to “Rise of the Immortals”, as well as a few tracks at the start of this release shortly after that, and during “Metamorphosis of a Lycan”. If this is your first time with Ezurate, it may set you back a bit, but as you continue through you’ll notice that the moments you’ll hear it clear enough to distinguish this are very far apart, so there’s no real reason to get too bent out of shape over it. The second comes in the form of “Jehovah Bleed”, which really isn’t that great of a song and comes off more as a filler track then anything most of the time. Some of the bridges in the song sound good and seem to have some more thought into the riffs, but the main verses in this song are just boring and same to repeat themselves over a while to the point where you’ll just want to skip ahead to the next track.
Eve of Desecration is a very surprising and much welcome Black Metal act from one of the least likely regions of the United States. Ezurate have put together a very impressive album full of intense tracks and a few instrumentals that wind up not being needed to the final product at all, this high energy performance, with exception to “Jehovah Bleed”, is an album that Black Metal fans will simply love and come back to for a good while thanks to the stellar musicianship the entire band brings into the mix, making it an album you simply must hear, if not order at some point in the near future.
01. Rise of the Immortals – 1:43
02. Invocation of the Seven Gates – 5:39
03. Noctem Eternus – 4:23
04. Destroying Divinity – 4:31
05. For I am Thee Almighty – 6:17
06. Overthrown Deity – 4:47
07. Creed of the False Prophet – 6:03
08. Blackthorns and Crimson Blood – 1:00
09. Thy Infernal Entity – 5:29
10. Salvation Denied – 5:59
11. Into the Fathomless Depths – 0:38
12. The Black Cross of Berziers – 5:12
13. Jehovah Bleed – 4:13
14. Metamorphosis of a Lycan – 7:26
15. Came an Autumn Wind – 2:01
|Initial Pressing Score: 7/10