|After being hit around the ears by My Dying Bride clones once too often, I seriously started to give up the melodic death/doom genre. I had lost hope of ever hearing another band in this genre that could capture me like early My Dying Bride or Saturnus once did. Well, the Dutch demo band Eria d'Or have restored my hope!|
The first thing that struck me about this excellent demo, is the professional packaging and hand numbering of my copy (I am the proud owner of number 120, yay!). But packaging of course is not the reason why we buy albums; the music is.
Eria d'Or offers us music in the vein of the earlier mentioned My Dying Bride ('T.L.t.S.' / 't.A.a.T.D.R.' era), Saturnus ('Paradise Belongs to You') and Novembers Doom (any); Melodic parts mixed with faster or harder parts, accompanied by clean vocals and grunts. Yes, it has been done before, but Eria d'Or don't really clone any bands. They respect the rules of engagement of the melodic death/doom genre and try to mark their own territory. Especially in the faster parts they distance themselves from their big examples.
One other band they remind me of, is Opeth; Eria d'Or also displays the same tendency to switch between mellow and metal parts. "Feeling" wise, this demo manages to create a sad atmosphere like the one you come across on for example Opeth's 'Mourningrise', and as such never goes into full depression. The warm guitar sound makes sure the melancholy feels cozy and comfortable and it does not unnerve you.
All in all this simply is a must for anybody into melodic Death/Doom and for those who were already familiar with this band, it's good to hear that the extreme Dutch accent which plagued previous efforts is a lot less present on this demo. So what are you waiting for? Go to
1. The Crimson Rose
2. The Black Well
3. Weeping in Fear
4. Why the Wolfs Howl
Duration : Approx. 30 minutes
Visit the Eria d'Or bandpage.