Eternal Armageddon – In Light In Dark In Hate
Release Date: 10/04/2020
Running Time: 33:00
Review by Victor Augusto
I know the music industry can be very unfair sometimes. Actually, it’s been unfair for a long time, and since the change from CD/LPs to MP3, and now digital streaming, some things have got worse. Probably for mainstream bands, this radical change was tough, forcing them to work much harder to earn the amount of money they were used to. Labels had to reformulate their distribution methods, and some (big and small) went bankrupt. However, if this technology, and information access didn’t exist, we probably would never know about smaller bands from many places around the world. And I bet that this amazing band from Dhaka, in Bangladesh, would have been in that ‘unknown’ category for me. Sometimes bad things can bring good results.
As always, I like to think about my first impression when I hear the first song from any band I’m about to review. My initial thought, before listening to Eternal Armageddon was, “Ok, I will review a Black Metal one”, but I was partially wrong. The band’s music is essentially Thrash Metal, even if that’s not what their sound is aiming for. Are you confused?! I was too when I heard it! I don’t mean that the band has a confusing sonority, but that their riff structure is similar to Thrash Metal. The main difference is that everything is arranged in a Black Metal style. Guitar, bass and vocals are pure Black Metal, but playing in a Thrash Metal way.
Lyrically, they explore the issues that come with religion when it’s used as political power to manipulate people, and other sickness. From what I could understand, I didn’t hear silly Anti-Christian themes that run through traditional Black Metal bands, but a way of criticizing the dark side of religion, and not the faith itself. On the other hand, they just elucidate obscure themes in songs such as ‘Hazam the Black Reaper’. I hope I am right in my perspective!
The opening song ‘Black Thrash Bastards’ leaves no doubts about the fusion of Thrash and Black Metal, both by the name and in the music. Good riffs from ‘Turag’, with some breaks on the cadence, and a very raw vocal by ‘Abrar’. There’s a break on this track and the bass of ‘Abrar’ restarts the song slowly, and it grows until they return with all devastation. ‘Rashik’ chooses a fast cadence, but not as extreme as some Black Metal bands play. As you can see, I’m describing Thrash Metal elements, but you need to imagine all of it in an obscure way. All the tracks have a similar structure, with a mix of fast paced songs like ‘No Lord Above’ and slower ones such as the closing song, ‘Satanic Whispers ‘, but all are heavy and obscure.
Maybe this kind of mix of styles is nothing new. Actually, if you listen to what Sodom have been playing since the eighties, it’s similar to what Eternal Armageddon are doing now. If you toke Sodom’s music, changed the war themes from the lyrics, and put in an Abbath vocal style, Eternal Armageddon is what you would end up with. Sometimes the band put more technique on compositions. One example of this is, ‘Obey To None’, which is my favorite track of the album.
Now, I’m usually a Thrash Metal Lover but not so much of a fan of Black Metal. But, the union of these two genres in Eternal Armageddon’s sound gives a good balance, allowing me listen to it without getting tired or fed up. “In Light In Dark In Hate” is brutal, heavy and obscure at the same time, and if that sounds like something you’d like, give it a listen.
1. Black Thrash Bastards
2. Hate Reincarnated
3. Hazam The Black Reaper
4. In Light In Dark In Hate
5. No Lord Above
6. Obey To None
7. Satanic Whispers
Abrar – Vocal and Bass
Turag – Guitar
Rashik – Drums
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