Tuesday 14 June 2016

Eucharist - Endarkenment 12"


1. Evocatis Tenebris - Darkness Part I & II
2. Rituali Mortem - Darkness Part III & IV

Occult black metal from Australia with no discerning presence online apart from a page on Metal Archives. Anonymity is the way to musical integrity and Eucharist know it. Following the release of their "Demise Rites" demo via Iron Bonehead last November, Endarkenment sees them once again working with Iron Bonehead, releasing their first new music in five years. There isn't much else I can say about this band except; make sure you don't confuse them with the Swedish death metal band of the same name!

Evocatis Tenebris begins with what can only be described as the opening of the gates of hell…in musical form! Eucharist play ritualistic black metal full of blast beats, blackened guitar and haunting choral chants. That’s even after you’ve been taken in by those deep bellowing growls! Eucharist’s raw approach makes their music and their sentiment seem all the more real as well. Part I & II are split be a brief ambient passage, though there’s really no true real in proceedings as Eucharist moves into doomier territory. The whispered vocals are frightening and the guitar work is excellent, though it doesn’t detract from the dark atmosphere herein. Rituali Mortem Part III & IV make up the second half of this mini-LP and Eucharist continues to lay waste with their evil barrage of black metal. It’s astounding to think that with so much black metal around now, bands can still create their own unique approach, which is what is on show here. It’s not easy listening by any means but it’s engaging all the same. Musicality is another big part of Parts III & IV, with more solo work cutting through the gloom on Part III. Part IV is a sobering trip into the darkest of crypts. It’s a more mid-paced number that closes Endarkenment, though it’s not without it’s moments. The vocals really do envelope you from all angles while the instrumentation is nothing but hypnotic. Eucharist doesn’t merely copy whats come before. They produce something that all extreme metal fans should take notice of. 

You can stream the MLP, download it and purchase physical vinyl copies from Iron Bonehead Productions below:-

Eucharist Metal Archives - http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Eucharist
Iron Bonehead Productions Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/IronBoneheadProductions

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