In many ways taking over from where predecessor Revelations, Aurora of an Epoch left off, the Ealdfaeder EP is another compelling and fascinatingly invasive proposal from Canadian metallers Éohum. The release sees the Montreal based outfit continue to entwine traditionalist and cultural spirited sounds and explorations into a doom infused black metal devouring of the senses. Marked again by the suggestive majesty of French Horn, the latest release is another creative conception which ignites the imagination and backs up thoughts arising from the previous encounter that this is a band with very potent horizons ahead of them.
Formed in 2010 by guitarist Jeremy Perkins, Éohum (pronounced ee-o-um) has continued to hone their atmospheric infestation of ears and psyche whilst becoming a potent live proposition. Originally written as a literal, poetic project, the band and adventure only grew and evolved as Perkins brought in friends with metal seeded musical roots and backgrounds. The release of debut album Revelations, Aurora Of An Epoch in 2015 awoke ears and attention beyond their home shores, its dramatic character and voracious confrontation aided by guest contributions from the likes of Cryptopsy’s Matt McGachy and ex- Vinyl Hero Nick Wybo. Now it is the turn of Ealdfaeder to draw spotlights again the way of the band with one suspects, even greater success and acclaim in tow.
Ealdfaeder opens with Eurocide and immediately has the imagination alive as resonating beats from drummer Luca Belviso unite with the suggestive hues of Annie Perreault’s flute. Thoughts of ancient civilisations and modern cultures arise to the simple but pungent lure as the EP begins its overall look at “… the loss of interest and connection between human cultures and the environment due to our greed filled, corrupt world of today.” In no time Perreault is surrounded by the more predacious riffs of Perkins and Sylvain Dumont as that initial rhythmic coaxing equally turns primal and intensive. Drama soaks the track even as it settles down somewhat, though it is still prone to explosive reactions within its intrigue guided prowl. The raw vocal squalls of Barrie Butler infest ears and atmosphere too whilst the resonation of Cesar Franco’s bass strings is as expressive as the flame of French horn laid within the maelstrom by again Perreault.
The track is bred of the same invention and imagination as the earlier album but already shows a fresh blend of classical beauty and pestilential temptation which carries on through the EP and Unmasking A World Of Deceit which follows. Even more ravenous and inhospitable, the track flies at the senses from its first insatiable breath, vocals and grooves harrying and fiercely engaging the listener as rhythms share a barrage of spiteful intensity and enthusiasm. It is a barbarous intrusion, black and death metal furies uniting within the heavily textured ambience as a hostility, led this time by the vicious creative swings of Simon McKay, assaults ears. As expected though, things only twist and evolve as again the mesmeric call of horns share the track’s atmospheric background.
Through the salacious character and nature of The Apathetic Plague and Ode To A Martyr, thoughts and emotions are seriously entangled and challenged for exhilarating experiences. The first also imaginatively merges unbridled brutality and unpredictable melodic resourcefulness within its blackened trespass of the senses whilst its successor is a torrential swarm of great swinish vocals from Butler matched in plague like concussive endeavour by the scourge of guitars aligned to Belviso and Franco’s rhythms. The second of the two tracks is glorious, the pinnacle of the EP and a hex on the body with its bracing collision of textures, contrasts, and sonic irritation. Once more the golden lure of horn from Perreault is just irresistible; Éohum’s merging of its never indulgent tones with voracious tempests more skilful and natural than ever, so much so that it seems like the horns rather than temper the storm actually encourage it.
Curative Undulations brings Ealdfaeder to an immense close; the track, as its predecessor, shaped and driven by McKay’s rhythms as it devours and seduces with creative and dramatic ingenuity. It immediately thrills and only impresses further across its inventive body and with every delving into its bold adventure. That success applies to Ealdfaeder as a whole too, the EP growing as it reveals new depths and craft with each listen.
Éohum has one of the most distinct and unique sounds in metal right now, only Floridian experimental death metallers Markradonn really exploring something remotely similar, and in Ealdfaeder they have unleashed a release which, whether it hits your sweet spot or not, will make a predominantly striking impact.
The Ealdfaeder EP is released March 18th via Mycelium Networks @ https://eohum.bandcamp.com/
Pete RingMaster 18/03/2016
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