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Ea : Ea Taesse

According to the booklet "Ea Taesse is based on the sacral texts of ancient civilizations. These texts were composed using the dead language recreated on the basis of results of archaelogical researches." Exiting as it may sound, I have found no dead language that contains any of the terms in the track titles. Being that Ea is equally obscure when it comes to the line-up, I find no points of credibility for this claim other than poor research on my part. I've only used three or four hours searching the Internet in various locations, but none of the reviews I've read (which is quite a few) had figured it out. The closest I've come to any real language is Sumerian, where Ea is the name of a water god, 'mea' means 'where' and 'ta' means 'what'.

Musically Ea like to make long tracks of majestic and depressive Funeral Doom. It reminds me much of the most depressive amongst the Firebox bands, for example Colosseum and Dead In The Water. A tad older bands - like Remembrance and Shape of Depspair - are also too alike for comfort. It's a tried-and-true sound, so Ea has nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn't excel compared to some of the other bands mentioned but, disregarding the originality, it's a piece of melancholic music which is convincing enough to set you in a melancholic mood. I don't really see how this is related to the sacral texts and dead language. To me it all seems like mournful music with an interesting name.

It might seem like I've been too harsh on my judgement of 'Ea Taesse'. I would agree to a point on such a critisism as it is this dead language nonsense which really bothers me. It doesn't reflect in any way onto the music and retains only a function of making the band sound obscure. It's a shame since the music is, on it's own, fascinating enough for me to give the album an occasional spin. I would reccomend this to those who like the Shape of Despair type Funeral Doom.But if you don't know this genre, look at some of the other bands first.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
I. Laeleia
II. Mea Ta Souluola
III. Ea Taesse

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes.

Visit the Ea bandpage.

Reviewed on 27-10-2008 by Arnstein Petersen
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