Éohum – Ealdfaeder

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Mcycelium Networks
Released: 2016
Buy Album [URL]: https://eohum.bandcamp.com/album/ealdfaeder
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/%C3%89ohum/821823887910583

Band Lineup:rsz_eohum

Jeremy Perkins – Guitars
Sylvain Dumont – Guitars
Cesar Franco – Bass
Luca Belviso – Drums (tracks 1-3)
Simon McKay – Drums (tracks 2-4-5)
Barrie Butler – Vocals
Annie Perreault – French Horn / Flute

Tracklisting

1. Eurocide
2. Unmasking A World Of Deceit
3. The Apathetic Plague
4. Ode To A Martyr
5. Curative Undulations

Review

This E.P from Canadians Éohum is a black metal effort that sounds very convincingly Scandinavian. Recorded over several months at Cryptopsy’s Chris Donaldson’s studio, it is an aural assault that combines varying styles within the sub-genre to make an unrelenting but broadly dynamic five tracker.

As this cover suggests, folk is definitely an important element for this six piece, with brass and woodwind leading the way into the orthodox and heavy sounding opener, ‘Eurocide’. From then on this album is a bit of whirlwind. ‘Unmasking a World of Deceit’ hastens with the kind of old school gallop that would be welcome on a late 80s King Diamond record, ‘The Apathetic Plague’ is an amphetamine paced, violent and misanthropic blast which really shows of vocalist Barry Butler’s contorted and distorted style, whereas ‘Ode To A Martyr’ is rapturous frenzy of Incantation style death metal riffs and Watain-like black metal attacks.

It’s fortunate that the musicianship and production of this band can support such a flurry. The record sounds punchy and immediate, although at times the changes in sections of the songs sound artificial. ‘Curative Undulations’ for example, stops for half second, launching into a slow, ritualistic section- and it sounds completely inorganic. Also, sometimes the combination of styles, most notably the blending of a d-beat and french horn line on the opening track, really doesn’t work.

In conclusion, there’s a lot this band could improve, but this record tells me they have the attitude right. It surprises me to see that their stage image is rather plain, however, and that a man who screams in the same way as God Seed’s Gaahl is happy to have his name as ‘Barry Butler’ printed on the back of this CD. It seems like an odd juxtaposition, but considering the authenticity of the music, that’s certainly a compliment from me.

Review by Jarod Lawley
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