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Final Eclipse - Interminable Darkness

A harsh noise-guitar blizzard storm of fury on Final Eclipse debut - 75%

NausikaDalazBlindaz, August 5th, 2022
Written based on this version: 2022, Digital, Independent

A very harsh and flowing work of militant atmospheric BM, inspired by Ukrainian bands like Drudkh and Hate Forest in style and attitude, "Interminable Darkness" is the debut album release from mystery USBM act Final Eclipse. At the time I wrote this review, not much was known about Final Eclipse though the rumour that this is a project of at least one member of New Jersey BM band Death Fortress was very strong. Certainly both bands share much in common, in their dense and harsh style of black metal with some death metal elements, and in their love of the Ukrainian style as exemplified by the abovementioned bands. Even Death Fortress and Final Eclipse's logos have a similar spiky look!

From start to finish, "Interminable Darkness" is a powerful and forbidding recording that sweeps out of the speakers and into and through your head like a raging blizzard across a scoured landscape. Songs boast strong riffs that could be even stronger and more distinctive if the harsh noisy guitar textures did not blur them and smooth over their edges. The blast-beat percussion helps structure and pace the tracks, and adds its own pummelling slant to the music's aggression. Bass guitar brings a sinister menacing layer underlying the rushing flow of rhythm guitars. Opening track "Way of Eagles" acts as a clarion call to arms with the shouty, shrieky vocals and the riffs that sound as though they're rising, climbing and reaching for distant lights in the grey skies. "Receive My Curses" is a strongly melodic song with definite noisy rain-shower riffs in spite of its speed and the constant busyness of the music. Changes in key bring an extra, deeper layer of bleak darkness into the song.

As the album continues, succeeding songs add a bit more depth to Final Eclipse's style. "Elements of the Abyss" has a strong folk flavour in its steady melodies and the following song "Cold Chapter" takes up the martial folk atmosphere along with the blast-beat percussion. "Circles of Fire" has an edge of desperation in its speedy percussion and fast-scrabbling guitar melodies. The title track closes the album with a burst of guitar storm that goes on and on in continuously morphing riffs while the thin vocals scream and roar in pain and anguish.

Most songs have a flowing or swooping quality though their tones are abrasive and harsh. Final Eclipse's style is very minimal and severe, and songs don't undergo very sudden or drastic changes; if they do change, then they will change throughout and the changes are gradual and subtle. The music has a restrained, even dignified quality and the harsh blizzard-like atmosphere is uniform throughout. The power and muscle behind it seem more implied than actually exercised, giving the impression that no matter how strong the music is, there's a lot more strength where the music is coming from.

Despite its name and the title of its debut, I have a hunch that wherever Final Eclipse has now swept to, the band will not be gone for long and the musicians (or sole proprietor) will soon be back with another recording of storming noise-guitar fury.

Very Good, Standard Black Metal - 77%

DanielG06, June 11th, 2022
Written based on this version: 2022, Digital, Independent

Believe it or not, underground black metal can be done right, and this release is proof of that. I think as a whole, this album stands as quite a substantial point that black metal doesn't require unbearable amounts of distortion or even massively and intentionally amateurish minimalism to the point where it feels comedic. This right here is black metal that, albeit standard, shows strong amounts of creativity in the dynamics and progression of the songs.

Starting with the riffing, it's far less abrasive and one-dimensional than you would assume. There are some particularly intriguing sections of guitar work here, such as on tracks like Thunderbolt and Circles of Fire, because not only are the melodies impactful in their emotion rather than evilness, but there are also professional-sounding harmonies on here that matches the not too distorted guitar tone. There are some longer songs on here, and despite this, there is variety in the music.

The majority of this album relies on the songs revolving around one idea, though with significant fluctuations in the music and even changes in key. High amounts of reverb give Interminable Darkness a cold sound, but this is where Final Eclipse excels; they don't use the coldness in the tone as an excuse to make the music dull and unchanging, but rather to ornament the already adept ideas that they show here.

The only song that falls victim to being too generic is the closing title track, which spends most of its 6 minutes in boring, monotonous black metal mediocrity. Apart from this, the strong performances with adequately substantial and layered music, as well as genuinely good production that sounds lonely and dark without implementing blinding amounts of distortion, makes for a very good record.