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Order of the Ebon Hand - VII: The Chariot

Order of the Ebon Hand - VII: The Chariot - 91%

Edmund Sackbauer, February 1st, 2020
Written based on this version: 2019, Digital, More Hate Productions (Bandcamp)

Another day, another great metal band from Greece. This time we got Order of the Ebon Hand who have already been formed in 1994. The band has been put on hold for a few years which might explain why “VII: The Chariot” is only their third full length. Quality over quantity they say so let’s jump straight into this record.

Instead of trying to find a completely new sound Order of the Ebon Hand took a lot of inspiration from the big Scandinavian bands of the nineties and injected some of their own ideas to make the music come across fresh and lively. The main riffs might sound like something fans of the genre have heard before but some of the chord progressions feel like a modernized twist on something that has been done decades ago. A lot of the trademark chops are repeated over and over again but often with subtle variation lending the music a slightly monotonous but at the same time hypnotical and very stringent character.

Combining various strains of black metal, including traditional, atmospheric, and even hints of depressive, the music of is quite unique in feel once given time to work its dark magic on you. The classic tremolo runs can be found here as well but there is an omnipresent eerie feeling to the music lifting it above your average black metal release. The astonishing lead harmonies are always present in the background providing a lot of haunting harmonies and lending the whole music an epic and moody character. The guys from Order of the Ebon Hand have put a lot of emphasis on creating an atmosphere that is eerie and dark yet has a certain kind of melancholic beauty. That being said they also made sure that the songwriting is stringent and the single songs are enjoyable.

The vocals are haunting and perfectly fit to the relentless instrumentation. In a few sections the tempo is taken out a bit only using ambient sounds underlining the atmospheric and captivating character of the music. This album is not just a bunch of tracks tagged together but a carefully told story in musical format. The production is also perfectly serviceable with all details being audible without problem. The drums have enough punch and everything else is crystal clear as well. Rounded off by a really great looking cover “VII: The Chariot” is a must have for each fan of clever and captivating black metal.