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Eternity - Pestiferous Hymns Rev. I-I-XXXIII (2012 - 50%

Asag_Asakku, June 11th, 2012

It is remarkable that after all these years of listening to black metal, I am still discovering groups whose career dates back to the 1990s. This is the case of Eternity, a Thuringia band that spreads evil music for almost twenty years and counting! For my defence, I note that their epic discography really begins in 2004 with the release of a first long-play, after ten years of demos and other split-CDs. But I remain honest, I knew nothing about the band before getting my hands on Pestiferous Hymns - Rev. II-XXXIII (2012), whose title explicitly refers to an Apocalypse passage, book two, verse twenty-three ("And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. ")

Album starts pretty well. Down to the Southern Abyss remembers Watain’s firsts songs, with riffs and atmosphere, but the sauce spoils from Temple of Flesh. The slow and boring air of this song immediately breaks the momentum developed with the first title. These six minutes seem twice as long and I get the habit of skipping the tune ... Like 1000 Suns is a better song, though pretty classical in form. However, …of Satan's Blood ... is the album’s centerpiece. Catchy and well written, it is also - oddly - the shortest song. Too bad this vein is not further exploited. There was something interesting. Reborn Through the Flame (Against the Creation) is a rather ordinary song, but it's Waiting in the Abyss that catches my ear from the first listen: I am absolutely sure I have heard its intro somewhere. After a persistent search, I found! This is a true copy of The Wanderer first riffs, an instrumental song that closes Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997). This founding shocks me. Tribute? Plagiarism? Black Clouds on a Psychic Horizon ends the album with a slow, desperate atmosphere and a judicious use of keyboards and classical instruments.

Border between homage and plagiarism is strictly thin and porous. Eternity members can hardly argue that they did not know the song they copied, the latter belonging to one of the greatest dark metal classic. Even apart from this, pestiferous Hymns - Rev. II-XXXIII remains an average album. It contains some good ideas, but poorly exploited, which is surprising for a band with so many years of experience. It is perhaps normal that I have never heard of them before today. 5/10