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Ereb Altor : The End

Ereb Altor gain in atmosphere what they have lost in energy and roughness.

Bathory’s spiritual child is back on track with a new album in his bag; this time the band offers us a concept-album, based on the ‘Ragnarök’ (note from the Admin: ‘Ragnarök’ is an old Norse word that refers to a prophetic apocalypse, the end of the world, when all possible living things are fighting against each other, eventually causing the end of all life on Earth).

The album opens with ‘Entering (Myrding Prologue)’, a slow, dark and nihilistic song that serves as an introduction to 'Myrding'. This song, as the next one, ‘Our Failure’, sounds once again epic and heavy but is also more melodic and melancholic than the earlier songs of the band; actually, I think that they share some similarities with the most epic songs of Mirror Of Deception or Doomshine, without the progressive tendencies of these bands. A nostalgic return to the early days of the band is ‘A New But Past Day’ that comes from their demo. The song features the raw and ultra epic early texture adorned with chanting vocals; I liked it a lot and it works well within the concept of the album. ‘Balder’s Fall’ and ‘Vargvinter’ are the first and second part of the title track; the cold, melancholic atmosphere of the song is enhanced by the vocalist who sings in some parts with the same rough style Quorthon had. The last part of the song, ‘The Final War’, is slower, darker and heavier and I can see some influences from bands like While Heaven Wept.

On the whole, ’The End’ is a more refined and mature album than the debut. Sometimes this kind of evolution can be disappointing for fans and even artistically catastrophic for bands, but here, what they have lost in roughness they have gained in atmosphere, which is more important for Doom Metal bands. It is almost as perfect as their debut and I recommend it to anyone into epic Doom, from Candlemass and Faith to While Heaven Wept and Doomsword.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Entering (Myrding Prologue)
2. Myrding
3. Our Failure
4. A New But Past Day
5. Balder’s Fall (The End Pt I)
6. Vargvinter (The End Pt II)
7. The Final War (The End Pt III)

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-01-29 by Dimitris Plastiras
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