Eternal Armageddon – In Light In Dark In Hate

Eternal Armageddon – In Light In Dark In Hate
Self-Released
Release Date: 10/04/2020
Running Time: 33:00
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

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.

TRACKLISTING:
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

LINE-UP:
Abrar – Vocal and Bass
Turag – Guitar
Rashik – Drums

LINKS:
www.eternalarmageddon.bandcamp.com/album/in-light-in-dark-in-hate
www.facebook.com/Eternalarmageddon
www.instagram.com/eternal_armageddon
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjj7JAO4FEzhepSTMzPp2CQ
www.open.spotify.com/album/7K6vNCiVRZAsXlV25FOUyE

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Hellfekted – Woe To The Kingdom Of Blood

Hellfekted – Woe To The Kingdom Of Blood
Self-Released
Release Date: 29/03/2020
Running Time: 39:32
Review by Tammy Lomax
10/10

I have a huge smile on my face and let me tell you why…Midlands, UK band HELLFEKTED that is why! They have recently self-released ‘Woe To The Kingdom Of Blood’ and it has been an absolute honour to review this album.

Now, these guys have only been on the scene the last year or so but that means absolutely nothing! Ha! I cannot say it enough, if you haven’t checked them out, please do, like right now because, if you are a fan of really disgusting blackened thrash metal, all your needs will be catered for. Hellfekted are the whole cake.

Right, let me calm my pants.

Opening this beautiful carnage is title track ‘Woe To The Kingdom Of Blood’ and it IS one of the best ways to open any album. As the sound of a tolling church bell dissolves you are hit with an evacuation alarm and, by all means, do evacuate everyone from the room, bar yourself. In come the industrial, rustic vocals and pow…Houston, Hellfekted have landed! They glide themselves in perfectly on this mid-pace stomper.

By this point, the smile on my face is obvious and says it all, I am eager, and I am squeaking.

Next track ‘Treachery’ is just a minuscule portion of what is about to come. Hellfekted have been meticulous about the placement of every single track on the album.

‘Tower Of Life’ is a mosh pit track for sure, even I would throw myself in. It is from this point that you realise Hellfekted are going to be strong in their game. There is such a deep doom feel before the main riff comes in, gradually getting faster! The chaos is imposing, and they seem to push themselves harder and harder as the track accelerates and becomes more brutal. My legs go like jelly when they really go for it towards the end.

Next is ‘Fractured’ and there literally is no gasping for air here. If you need a break, then maybe these guys aren’t for you. They hammer away persistently. Drummer Myles’ double kick drums meeting the bass of Chris is pure sex. It’s hot and on FIRE, banging and bursting and then they stop inviting you to assume the track is over over…never assume!

On these three tracks the bass guitar really bulges out of the speakers. It’s luscious, literally mouth-watering, you can hear every single pluck!

‘Stigma’ is my outright favourite track on here (although, it was a tough decision, because every track is delivered to the highest of standards). Dissolving due to the bass, it is an immaculate 6 minutes and 22 seconds of euphoria. It pulls you in and then flings you back out, like a sling shot, but in your face! After some butchery, there is more development, like the track has only just begun. There are three sections, each one progressing and getting more intense, it is fascinating mayhem!

‘Omen To The Antichrist’ Is a little slower paced than the others, but don’t assume this is a breather because it’s not. The guitar work and tempo of the drums is spot on, they build you up, eat you and then spit you out.

‘Fire at Will’ and ‘Archaic Demise’ are the final tracks on here. There is zero dip in talent, their sound and vocals are consistent throughout. Talking about the vocals, I have to say they are something extraordinary! Liam does an incredible job of liquifying your face.

My ears are completely blistered after listening to this and I have an even bigger smile on my face. Being honest, I have been keeping a sneaky eye on Hellfekted and will continue to do so. Make sure you have your Tena ladies on (even the men) because they will be needed.

Cheers guys.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Woe To The Kingdom Of Blood
02. Treachery
03. Tower Of Life
04. Fractured
05. Stigma
06. Omen Of The Antichrist
07. Fire At Will
08. Archaic Demise

LINE-UP:
Liam – Vocals, Guitars.
Chris – Back-Up Vocals/Bass
Myles – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/Hellfekted/
www.twitter.com/hellfekted
www.instagram.com/hellfekted/
www.youtube.com/channel/UClv6zAlR29shaDFmGk_h4ew

Disclaimer: This review is solely the property of Tammy Lomax and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.