Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ereb Altor - By Honour (2008)

Ereb Altor often gets talked about as the side project of Swedish Candlemass worshippers Isole. But this isn't really the case as far as I'm concerned; not only does Ereb Altor's first demo predate Isole's by two years, but they're also just as great.

Though they're unquestionably playing within the confines of viking metal -- the amusingly named "Winter Wonderland" would have sounded right at home on Hammerheart or Twilight of the Gods-- their doom metal chops are evident at certain points throughout the album, such as the title track's jaw-dropping midsection and funereal album-closing instrumental "Ereb Altor". This helps to minimize the cheese factor, and makes for a more evil, mournful, and organic sound than that of a typical viking metal record.

Track listing:
1. Perennial
2. Awakening
3. By Honour
4. Winter Wonderland
5. Dark Nymph
6. Wizard
7. Ereb Altor

Trembling I grasp my sword
Pulsating blood in my veins
This is the day of days

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