ETERNAL HELCARAXE (Ireland) “Against All Odds” CD review by rockmusiccritic

ETERNAL HELCARAXE (Ireland) “Against All Odds” CD review

by rockmusiccritic

By George Washburn

Hailing from Ireland, the land of Primordial, we have Eternal Helcaraxe with their first full-length album “Against All Odds.” The band takes their name from Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion” (which I was never able to bring myself to finish reading), but being a child of the 80s, when I see the words “Against All Odds” it brings to mind Jeff Bridges and Phil Collins songs. This album is a tad darker than all that.

Eternal Helcaraxe play black metal with melodic, atmospheric and melancholy flourishes. I enjoyed the music quite a lot, and the harsh vocals are alright, though I feel like they may have a bit much reverb on them. Fast guitar and drums lay the foundation upon which they layer melodic and atmospheric keyboards for nice contrast. I suppose the reverb-saturated vocals do help blend with the mix, but I would just like to hear them a little more dominant. Three quarters of the way through the album we get a taste of some clean vocals mixed with the harsh on “As the Snow Gathers.” It is a nice touch; I would like to hear that in more of the songs.

This is a pretty good album.

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