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Middian : Age Eternal

When YOB disbanded in early 2006, it left a hole in the fabric of doom/stoner. The disbanding came about because two of the three bandmembers left, leaving vocalist and guitarist Mike Scheidt. Because YOB could never be the same, and so he decided to start again under a new name and with new people.

The band's homepage claims that the music is faster, more aggressive, more straight-forward and more punk influenced. While it doesn't have the "kick-you-in-the-teeth aggressiveness" as claimed in their website biography, it is clear that they are indeed more direct in their anger than a YOB fan would be used to. It is also true that the music is faster, though this only means that they now play medium-paced doom/stoner rather than slow doom/stoner. Any punk influences seems to elude my ears. Basically, the music continues where 'The Unreal Never Lived' ended, but with more h.p.m (headbangs per minute).

The lyrics remain very much in the realms of mysticism and occultism. They are vague, but often seem to be speaking about long forgotten deities or hidden supernatural truths about life. The CD contains some artwork of the Zodiac, which can perhaps be a clue towards what ideas the lyrics are based on. From the lyrics of the title track it seems that 'Age Eternal' stands for the idea that when you realize that time is eternal, and that the ripples in time that come from this moment in eternity will vanish in its vastness. In other words, no matter what you do, it won't matter in the grand scale of eternity. In the short term, though, it's probably worth noting that this brand of lyrics is exactly what 'The Unreal Never Lived' ended the YOB reign with.

After having made all of these links between what was and what is, there are probably many who would misinterpret this as that the artists haven't had any progress. This is not true. What I am saying is that Middian fills the hole in the fabric, and that the progress between 'The Unreal Never Lived' and 'Age Eternal' is about just as big as it was between each new YOB album and it's predecessor, and thus could be called a continuation of YOB. In other words, if you liked YOB and want more, then this is for you.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Dreamless Eye
2. The Blood Of icons
3. Age Eternal
4. The Celebrant
5. Sink To The Center

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes

Visit the Middian bandpage.

Reviewed on 08-08-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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