EREMOS
The Glass Mind Of A Recluse
(Metal Kalve Records)
46:05min

From Latvia with bitterness, EREMOS creeps into nothing upon cold concrete in a four-wall prison. “The Glass Mind Of A Recluse” is the appropriate name for 7 cuts straight to the skin with a sterile razor under a mixture of Black and Doom Metal along with modern nuances and a production that resembles of SEPTIC FLESH, BEHEMOTH and ROTTING CHRIST on their contemporary works. According to their page, this one-man entity was born secluded in 2018 with the foundation of owing you nothing and serve as a documentation or vessel. The band’s statement at some point is understandable because of the obvious synergy due to its individual nature compositionally speaking, but on the other hand the ominous arrangements seem to be designed for home listening rather than for stage desecration or experience. Given the context, the sentence begins with ‘Lament’, entwining some piano tunes through low tuned but sharpened strings, setting a dense but clear-cut atmosphere. As the album goes on, the dynamics remains constant through the whole album, but the oppression sets its peak at ‘Quiet Retching Ones’ where some cursed post-production elements and acoustic guitars upholds the most remarkable aspect in this LP…ambience. ‘Echoes Of Malice’ comes up to break the sopor by the hand of a more direct composition and thrashing patterns. The last nail is hammered by ‘Let Us Rejoice’, which encloses the thematical thread with some neat sinister arrangements. Despite the mean constant tempo and inertia set on the whole release, the way which composition evolves tends to be natural at first listen, and even though there is no memorable or remarkable riffs, the stream of gloom and anxiety compensate with a dismal vibe as a result of the dissonant open string chords and mixed vocalization so used in these days. Another aspect to consider is the elegant and dark artwork, which correlates adequately to the proposal and image that EREMOS evokes, as well as the metaphoric but disperse lyrics. To sum it up, “The Glass Mind Of A Recluse” offers mostly a sentimentalist approach rather than an abyssal or visceral one in terms of darkness, which differs from obscure traditional Metal, but at least deserves a listen for those who are into the aforementioned bands. www.facebook.com/eremosband, www.metalkalve.com

Sebastián Salce

Sebastián Salce

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