The Essence of Hopelessness
(Archaic North Entertainment)
The diversity of black metal is what has kept the genre alive and intriguing. If you like your metal aggressive, bleak, melodic and nasty, you’re in for quite the treat.
It’s been four years since Ubermensch: Evolution Beyond the Species, and Canadian black metallers Eclipse Eternal have emerged from the snow with a haunting third studio album. A bizarre journey through darkness and perhaps insanity, The Essence of Hopelessness captures the violent blistery foul stench of chaos and death.
With earlier material taking shape from familiar European black metal acts such as Satyricon and Immortal, Eclipse Eternal have since honed their craft by adding their own unique character to the mix. Tracks like “Ancient Voices on The Wind” and “Noose” invoke a majestic coldness, so pure beyond belief. From acoustic interludes to scorching guitar riffs, the bristling vocals of Voldamares balance the archaic mood that runs rampant. Intense yet beautifully somber-the darkest pits of your personal hell, all shall be immersed.