Dark Descent Records
March 15th, 2010
Release length: 37:58
There really isn’t much that could be said about Tenements of Ephemera really, as it’s a solo project that follows the mechanics of many bands along the “slam” Death Metal line to heart as far as the music goes. While the album isn’t all that unique, it’s still got a good bite of it’s own, and plenty of depressing atmospheric overtones throughout to keep the listener feeling as if they are being pulverised throughout the release. The best example of this would be the song “The Black Foundry”, which just weighs heavily on the listener thanks to it’s heavy and somewhat technical riffs that would remind listening of bands like Immolation or even Nile without being too fast. This song, however, does constantly jump from a decent paced Death Metal to a very slow traditional Doom pace, and after a while it does wind up starting to get a little old, but through most of the song the band manages to keep it all alive and flow nicely from one intersection into the other. The solo for this song however, like others, simply sounds hollow due to the presence of only one guitar. Had the bass or drumming been a little more active, it would have felt great, but due unfortunately that isn’t the case here and it winds up just sounding rather unimpressive in the long run.
The faster tracks are where it’s really at here for this release. While “The Black Foundry” seems to go on forever at points, the following track “Wasps From the Chambers of the Divine” is simply hard hitting Death Metal that incorporates some enjoyable Brutal Death aspects in the musicianship, and well orchestrated slam moments that fit perfectly with the song to give it more weight, all without changing the pace so much that it just causes gradual overkill. The closing track, “Doomborn”, however, makes for a fantastic closing to the release, as well as shows the band’s ability to write a strictly slow paced Death Metal song that you will simply enjoy. The music on it is, of course, rather simple, but it has a decent amount of shifts through the music with some spots where there’s more put in then normal, such as for the guitar solo when the drumming kicks up into a solid double pace for a short time, then slowing to a crawl that is just ominous and evil sounding right from the first crashes of the drum kit that follow.
Tenements of Ephgemera also features instrumentals in the track list that really serve no purpose. While they push along the overall feeling of despair in the atmosphere of the album, there’s really no point to have them here. First, the introductory track, “A Sunless Road”, winds up setting the album up for the listener well, but just seems to go on for too long. Had it been cut in half, it would have been just as effective. What is puzzling about this one is that at the end of it there is the sound of something slamming, perhaps the lid to a sewer hole, but if you listen to it, it simply sounds like a plate or something breaking into pieces. This ushers in “The Jury”, which is you’re standard slam Death Metal based track, but it didn’t need the introduction at all. In fact, that shatter at the end of “A Sunless Road” winds up ruining things a bit once it gets under due to how out of place it is. Then there’s “In the Offing” which is another long winded instrumental that really served no purpose other then to sit there and eat up time, and if you have the cassette version, chances are good you’ll have to fuss with the fast forward button.
The Wakedead Gathering is honestly not one of the most original bands you’ll come across, but this solo project still has a decent amount of bite to it. While the music does seem to falter due to it bein a one man project, leavings ome aspects of the overall production open like empty siunding guitar solos and even dead air here and there through a slower musical pace, the album does retain enough consistant Death Metal to drag the listener down to the ground with it. With a little more time and some refining, The Wakedead Gathering will more then likely become a very impressive band, but until they can fill the gaps and try to bring more into the music to keep the listener satisfied to believe what they are listening too is not just something drawn out or thrown in and played slow, they will never realize their full potential.
01. A Sunless Road – 1:40
02. The Jury – 4:15
03. Caterwaull – 5:24
04. The Black Foundry – 5:56
05. Wasps From the Chamber of the Divine – 4:06
06. In the Offing – 1:38
07. Permulation – 4:05
08. Bewrayed by False Histories – 4:32
09. Doomborn – 6:22
|Overall Score: 5.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Dark Descent Records via Clawhammer PR.