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The Eternal : The Sombre Light of Isolation


The Eternal have risen from the ashes of well-known Australian death/doom band Cryptal Darkness, which features Martin Powell of My Dying Bride fame. Martin and his famous violin playing aren't around anymore in the new incarnation of this band, which released their debut this year on Finnish Firebox Records.

The well layed-out promo and first few minutes of introduction lead one to believe that this will be an intense, gripping album, but sadly this feeling lasts only for so long. The larger part of this (too long) album consists of unremarkable melodic doomish metal, which is devoid of experimentation or originality. Although the music is very well executed, the vocals are a 'love it or hate it' case, and there is simply not much that makes 'The Sombre Light of Isolation' stand out between today's plethora of quality doom metal albums.

I urge The Eternal to try and develop a more focused way to bring across their message. Overall, the songs just don't get your attention the way a quality doom metal album should. Don't get me wrong, there are several moments on this album which are catchy or worth your while - the last two songs are quite OK, even - yet those moments are too few and far between to justify a 66-minute album. Listening music is a time-consuming issue and one simply has to make choices, and as far as I'm concerned, this album just doesn't cut it compared to others out there.

I do think the band should continue to make music, however, and songs like 'All Hope Lost' do show some hope (however paradoxical that may sound) for the future, but I think there should go a little more thought into making an album that stands out as opposed to 'just making good music'.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Commemorate the Misery
2. A Cruel Misfortune
3. The Eternal
4. Down
5. The Sombre Light of Isolation
6. Black Serenity
7. Crimson Sacrifice
8. Harmony of Dissonance
9. Remembrance Scars
10. All Hope Lost

Duration : Approx. 66 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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