Elyrean - Blacken The Sun review



Reviewer:
9.2

1 user:
9.00
Band: Elyrean
Album: Blacken The Sun
Website: http://https://elyreanthrash.bandcamp.com/
Release date: December 2019


01. Where The Light Has Failed To Reach (Prelude)
02. Unhallowed
03. Distorted Reality
04. Blacken The Sun
05. The Smouldering Of Ashes (Interlude)
06. Fallen Ground
07. Swarming Darkness


Most of us know of fantastic albums that combine metal genres, such as blackened death, blackened thrash, death/doom, etc. The danger when merging multiple influences into one work is that it could sound disjointed and fragmented, leaping to and fro, resulting in an incoherent mess. However, Elyrean has assembled an impressively cohesive yet completely diverse work that is worthy of any metal fan's ear (and coin, for that matter).

Bottom line - Elyrean's Blacken The Sun EP (EP my ass, it's 40 minutes long) is an excellent, genre-bending 7-chapter mythological horror story that blends elements of atmospheric black metal, technical thrash, progressive melodeath, and neoclassical power metal. It is an incredibly mature release that is bounding with energy, aggression, and intensity.

Breakneck thrash-influenced riffs? Check.
Neoclassical guitar with atmospheric/symphonic strings and woodwind? Check.
Blackened shrieks, death metal snarls, and thrash howls? Check.
Melody, technical artistry, and obviously tight and talented musicianship? Check, check, and check.

Blacken The Sun opens by crafting a haunting tone and epic atmosphere replete with chiming bells, ravens, light rainfall, a wolf howling in the distance, and a multi-string section. Take a look at the cover art and consider how it might sound? You'll find out soon enough, as track one paints the cover art flawlessly against the aural backdrop of an impending thunderstorm.

This dark, eerie tone flows straight into old-school Bay Area-esque riffage, rumbling bass lines, death-thrash screams, and strings with dual harmony guitar leads. The 7-minute opus fades slowly as the faint rainfall returns, building with an atmospheric string crescendo to more thrashing riffage that follows.

This is a recurring musical theme throughout the release: a beautiful somber interlude - perhaps as a full song ("The Smouldering Of Ashes") or a bridge within a song. An uptempo time change. Brutal thrash riffage. Soaring guitar work that alternates between heavy chugging and neoclassical/power metal guitar harmonies. A drum march, perhaps a bit of doom/dirge. An atmospheric fade out. Next song loads and the attack reinitiates.

Lyrically, the influences mentioned on Elyrean's bandcamp page include Lovecraft and Greek mythology, and this shines throughout the record.
"My sanity splits at the seams, hollow shell of perfected beauty, so close yet out of reach."
"Tear down the skies, as flames ignite.
Eclipse the light, casting my shadow, I'll blacken the sun."

Standouts include "Distorted Reality", the most distinctly classic thrash song here (with some of the best apocalyptic lyrics), as well as the title track and "Fallen Ground". That said, there isn't a single weak moment on this release. Every album, of course, MUST have a weakness. I'm sure as I continue to listen, I'll eventually figure out what it is.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 10

Written by sgtrobo | 03.01.2021


 


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Comments

Comments: 8   Visited by: 16 users
04.01.2021 - 17:09
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Tage Westerlund
To me its more as a album.
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05.01.2021 - 06:26
sgtrobo
Written by Bad English on 04.01.2021 at 17:09

To me its more as a album.


what do you mean?
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05.01.2021 - 08:12
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by sgtrobo on 05.01.2021 at 06:26

Written by Bad English on 04.01.2021 at 17:09

To me its more as a album.


what do you mean?

Its not a EP, but album as it lenght
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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06.01.2021 - 00:04
sgtrobo
Ah yes, totally agreed. Heck, it is an EP that is longer than half of Vader's discography!
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06.01.2021 - 17:29
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Hey, congrats on your first review!
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06.01.2021 - 17:55
sgtrobo
Thanks! hope it didn't suck.
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06.01.2021 - 18:51
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by sgtrobo on 06.01.2021 at 17:55

Thanks! hope it didn't suck.

My first review sucked a lot more.
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08.01.2021 - 06:46
sgtrobo
Written by RaduP on 06.01.2021 at 18:51

Written by sgtrobo on 06.01.2021 at 17:55

Thanks! hope it didn't suck.

My first review sucked a lot more.


ouch! damning with faint praise...well we all gotta start somewhere
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