His first album in eleven years, Eidulon has returned with what has been described as apocalyptic industrial. Now I may have made this comparison before, but the fuzz and synth-organs on opener “In Igne Revelabitur” remind me heavily of one of the more haunting cuts on the Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne soundtrack. Those who’ve played the game will be familiar with some of these cuts, which certainly were not commonplace for that kind of game genre. Combined with thunderous orchestral tinges that sound very close to that of Wagner’s rafter shakers, it is an album that takes electronic based music into strange new territories. Rough, death metal inspired vocals bring a sharp and certainly unexpected edge to the sound which I feel is quite different from the loud nihilistic shouts that we’re so used to with this kind of music. I’d almost call Eidulon a full on evolution of industrial music that puts it closer to that of extreme metal, though again; without the instruments. I’m getting the same feel of a SepticFlesh album here, just without even so much a hint of guitar. The use of these fearsome vocal efforts from Nordvargr (industrial/noise legend) and Luca Soi (Void Of Silence) only help to further convey the depths of despair utilized within this experience. Though it isn’t always quite so frightening as “Averni Flammas Transivi” shows us, with an almost rustic sort of meditation not unlike out of a science fiction production. That being said, when metal fans hear “The Hierarchy Of Inner Planes” they’re going to be overtaken by it, much in the way that they might be taken be highly theatrical extreme metal. Some fans of pure industrial may not like this approach however, because it might feel just a little too edgy, but I think that it has a perfect sense of creepy pomp about it that can’t be denied.
“Immanence” is a little different though, feeling like a more ethereal meditation (and yes, we’re using the word again because I can find no other term to fit this particular journey) far removed from the rough-edged almost extreme metal sense of the previous cut. I actually feel that this kind of musical diversity is necessary and makes the performance stand out. The closing cut is much the same, though entertains a slight moment of harsher landscape right before it completes. Unfortunately, I cannot say that the disc is hefty, heavy metal infused industrial fright-fest; but I doubt that this was the kind of album that Eidulon wanted to make after ten years of silence. Instead, the record features a mixture of warm and rather brackish material, right alongside that of cooler, wispy atmospheres. It’s like an extreme industrial disc with a bonus of calm meditation. The best of both worlds and a perfect balance, one might say. Though not completely earth-shattering, the disc is not a wash by any means and fans of rough industrial and ethereal soundscapes should be pleased with it. Moreso than several other albums of its type.
It’s been a long time, but Combustioni proves that Eidulon may very well be one of the best acts in the entire industrial genre right now. See for yourself at the link below.
(7 Tracks, 42:00)
Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)