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Ea

Ea

Apocalyptic interlude - 85%

Solmonar, March 23rd, 2012

The fourth album from this mysterious band appeared as an unexpected postscript to the previously released trilogy. This new untitled work represented by a single monolith track has no musical and ideological connections to the trilogy. However, it presents further progress of Ea's ideas.

The fourth album from the band has a very apocalyptic start with low-tuned piano passages backed up by a very haunting noise in the background. It really gives you the impression of a corroded world, a grey and empty landscape. The funeral part is not far away, starting right away after the “intro” is over with low-tuned and monotonous guitar riffs, hypnotizing drums, and very atmospheric keyboards.

The album grows in intensity and after 6 minutes the keyboards transform into a somewhat apocalyptic chorus, foretelling the disaster that will follow. Low growled vocals followed by destroying drums…all is over, nothing remains, and the keyboards take the form of a cathedral sound accompanied by a choir, a choir that seems to confirm that everything has passed away, amplifying the sensation created.

This moment can be interpreted as a transition to a second part of the song (minute 9-10) as the pace is constant in a funeral doom way with a choir atmosphere, low growled vocals, and some catchy guitar solos. This is a full process of recovery when the world starts to catch live, a moment of contemplation that can be heard from minute 16.

This constant struggle, this battle from the start, is far from over as everything is goes in a circle. The next moment of intensity starts at the 24th minute where there’s a constant growth in pace and the vocals are more similar to black metal rather than doom, and all of these details are accompanied by some fast drumming and sorrowful guitar solos. After this, there is the silence again…though this time it seems that the result is quite different. Something has changed. There is no more recovery as you have the impression that everything is just taking another form and all of the surrounding places are transforming into a cold, gloomy, and haunting funeral atmosphere.

Perhaps everyone will imagine their own world when listening to Ea, therefore I believe that any review of a very atmospheric and funeral doomy song that is about 47 minutes can be resumed only in your own imagination and association between sound and images. So if you want to create your own world, you need to listen to this album. The album is unique, as Ea used us with its very atmospheric progression of their ideas.

This review was originally written for Hymnes Funeraires webzine:
www.hymnesfuneraires.com