MetalBite Review by Wiley on 8/20/2009
Sometimes when a CD begins you just have a bad feeling in the back of your head. You can shrug off a cliche concept due to the execution, but here with Eibon La Furies
- just cant be done.
I really like the packaging, and am more than a fan of the Jack The Ripper - but come on, this is an era done to death. A Black Metal album that is so overwrapped in noise and drum machine antics you cant really get a grip on the scope of music going on, seemingly this is all you get. Of course there is a saving grace here and there when the symphonics kick in, and you hope the clarity keeps up because you feel really interesting idea's floating around here and there. Again, a little too sterile and noisey to really complete the feel they are going for.
There are insane levels of high end guitar on this disc, scratch and gritty, more than enough stereotypical Black Metal feel to them. Solid as they are, they are often drowned by a wash of digital blast beats. The inclusion of drum machines is not the worst here as it does seem there was a bit of thought to the programming to keep in style of the music. Draw back being a clean to distorted mix on the drums, obviously bringing a more industrial feel to things - it just doesnt seem to lend itself to a solid foundation for something as organic as Black Metal. The vocals are mixed high, gothic styled with the main stream being croak and high rasp. The female vocals that rise occasionally seem a bit forced, right place - wrong take, something just seems missing. The synths and noisescapes are to me what save this disc and give the listener something to look forward to. There is more than enough orchestration when the atmosphere rises above the black noise to move you and want you to search on for more.
The disc itself is very well packaged for an independent. There is a very eerie montage of random artwork from the Ripper archives, complete with a map of old london, and even some really cheesey looking pics of the band in their late 1800-early 1900's garb attempting to capture the spirit of the time. There is also a video included here that is well done, a bit shaky and with multi edits here and there. Unfortunately it features much of the same near cheesy nods to ripper-era london. Maybe a little cleaner mix of the music, and I could appreciate what is going on - that and lose the cheesier aspects of image and I think maybe we could see what evil is truly brooding in your blackhearts.
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