Album/EP: The Awakening
Genre: Sludge metal, Groove metal, extreme metal
Label: Charmion Records
FFO: Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, Cradle of Filth, Down
What immediately caught my ear about The Awakening was the mix of sludgey and different metal sub-genres together. As soon as I heard the first track, Maylene & the Sons of Disaster was the first thing that popped into my head. The riffs of “Ad Ostium” have that filthy, grimey feel that blends together with the more thrashy drums. The guitar parts really out what stuck out to me. They were definitely the power house throughout the album, especially on “De Martius.” The thing that really made me smile on this album was the track names. The first track is titled “Ad Ostium.” An ostium is an opening. The second track is “Sycophant,” which has different meanings across languages but most famously means false accuser. In modern times, it means someone that is in vain to gain attraction. I thought this little touch on track names offered a little bit of mystery and allusion.
The album had a little bit of a progressive feel and flowed pretty well of mixing vocal and instrumental tracks. There were a couple tracks I hit replay on just to catch those riffs again. I think that there is definitely a story in this album. Maybe a call out to the past or a ghost, I’m not sure. Lyrically, I think it walked on the edge of black metal. The opening lyrics to “Acension” are "Like a winter coma thawing out in an effervescent symphony.” This screams (literally) “Freezing Moon” by Mayhem to me, but I also hear some Dani Filth influence on the vocals. I hear more black metalish lyrics on “Ritual” as well with, “Through the fires we’ll be made null.” This definitely paint the imagery of fire, emptiness, and ethereal landscape that is glorified in black metal lyrics. Whether this was intentional or not, I think it’s a nice detail that proves how EIROS can seamlessly blend the genres.
My least favorite moment is “Reborn.” First off, it’s not that I don’t like it, but it’s that I can’t describe what it reminds me of. This track is well crafted, hands down. There is no qualm about the production of it. “Reborn” has some elements that are reminiscent of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like it, I just need to listen a few more times to relate to it. On the other hand, my favorite moment was “De Martius.” The track had a very modern Black Sabbath feel, which I really appreciate. The riff reminded me of that ‘70s metal, very concise and raw. This track was instrumental, but still has you grooving. Normally, I’m not a fan of instrumental metal tracks. I made an exception for this one, though. All in all, I would classify this under a metal appreciation album. It didn’t exactly to genre and it played off different eras of metal. I’m not going to say that it was a “fun,” album, but it was a pretty cool listen. There were moments that I could really envision the music playing over speakers at a record store and such. The Awakening was unique not only musically, but lyrically as well. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is definitely worth a listen… or two.
Star rating: 9/10
Strongest song: “Worship