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Tone Of Things To Come

The spirit of the sadly defunct BLOODY SIGN has survived fortunately. In CHAOS ECHOES (which was the title of the 3rd and final album by the cool French guys) its soul has evolved into something more twisted, more dark and more haunting than ever before. The brothers Ilmar Uibo (drums & vocals) and Kalevi Uibo (guitars & vocals) from BLOODY SIGN are accompanied by Etienne Testart (guitars, vocals & effects) from CHILDREN OF DOOM and EVISCERATION. Stefan Thanneur (bass, vocals & effects) finally completes this line-up. Stefan is also responsible for the artwork ("SINN-ENN IV") which is a masterpiece as well. Considering it's hand-made by just ink on paper blew me away because of the details in it. Now back to this EP. The power manifested on this EP can be compared to that of heavyweights like PORTAL, NECROS CHRISTOS and GRAVE MIASMA. What makes this special is the unconventional approach that serves to create a diabolical atmosphere. The first track 'Rise' is an instrumental and basically just shifts gear after each break. Simple but effective due to its production and execution. It reminded of INCANTATION during "Mortal Throne Of Nazarene". The follower 'Interzone I' is a musical intermezzo that further increases the twistedness. 'The Innermost Depths Of Knowledge' situates in the more doomy region. The vocals and keyboards give this tune some PORTAL sickness. Don't look for any blastbeats, but they're not missed here. The greatest track here is 'Black Mantra' which shows similarities with NECROS CHRISTOS. Again the drums play some sort of main role here and not because of the echoing sounds. 'Weather The Storm' is an over 12 minutes long ritual where the insanity comes to a climax. "Tone Of Things To Come" is a first offering of a band that gave me the same thrill as "Exalted Emanantion". Its vision isn't identical, but the shockwave it produces can change things to come massively and put CHAOS ECHOES in the line of the above mentioned bands. Looking for a better release to come out of France this year is superfluous. There is no French band which I'm more eager to hear more from than these guys. Check out for yourself, because it's a must! Who will sign these guys…?,

Michael Tak

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