The One They Were Waiting For
(Obskure Sombre Records)
I liked "Breaking The Wheel" – ELIMINATOR’s debut album on Blood Harvest (LP-version) – a lot and listened to it plenty of times. "The One They Were Waiting For" is their third full-length output and I have listened to it plenty of times, too. Plenty of times in order to judge it correct and write the correct (from my point of view, yet trying to be objective) facts about it. For those who know "Breaking The Waves" shouldn’t expect something like this at all. "The One…" is completely different. It’s original, without a single doubt, but it’s also little bit too much of it. Let’s take it in the right order: the opener ‘Atish’ is a great song with everything a great song should have. On its total playing time of exactly 18 minutes it offers the whole spectrum of great Metal music combined with perfect musicianship in a huge variety. If the album would end now I’d complain about the playing time, apart from that it would be a killer new album. Next is ‘Calm Before The Storm’, one of 3 spoken word tracks. No sorry, I never understood the sense of putting such tracks on a Metal album, well, on an album in general. And there are 2 more to come (‘Answers Left Behind’ and ‘He Who Laughs Best Today’). Next one is ‘Me And The Devil Blues’, a cover of a Robert Johnson song. Is that the one who supposedly sold his soul to the devil? Yes? I’m not sure, but I don’t want to hear Blues guitars / riffs on an album I expect to be a Thrash Metal album. Call me ignorant or close-minded – it simply doesn’t work. ‘The Man In The Picture’ is a better one, but no, too much again. Acoustic guitars for 4:50 minutes, then blastbeats and vocals with a certain ARCTURUS vibe for the remaining 1:10 minutes. Original, yes, but little bit misplaced. ‘Honey Sacrifice’ (19:37min) offers too much in its close to 20 minutes playing time and too less again for being an outstanding song. And ‘Goodness Is Dead…Enter The Black Hole, Fucker!’, no, doesn’t work for me either. It’s too much avant-garde for my taste and too less traditionalism. Perhaps that’s something other crave for, I think it’s too much or let’s say it more nicely: they are ahead of their time, haha. Sorry, this album is instrumentally speaking over the top, but song wise, besides ‘Atish’ too less. Go back to your roots, guys, I want a little more traditionalism for ELIMINATOR, after all you are calling yourselves "Masters Of Speed-Black" – and this forces a certain integrity. Check out www.myspace.com/eliminatorus or www.myspace.com/obskuresombrerecords.
• ELIMINATOR - Breaking The Wheel (Thomas Ehrmann)