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Posts Tagged ‘Eterna Penumbra’


Sunday, February 24th, 2013

There are a lot of good things about this split LP, which pairs two fine bands from the Iberian underground. First and foremost amongst these is the absolute reality that all six songs represent fine examples of what Black Metal is all about. Secondly, the record arrives courtesy of one of my favourite labels, so you just know it’s going to be finished professionally, with fitting artwork and imagery, including lyrics and Discipline’s by-now-customary fold-over pseudo-gatefold cover. Very underground!

Another plus point is the fact that ‘Anti-Intruders / Olvido’ won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Originally self-released a couple of years ago on cassette format, this joint effort looks, feels and sounds the part on vinyl. Both bands deliver very raw, cavernous, grating Black Metal. Not very subtle, but there is a hidden depth and warmth to Eterna Penumbra’s tracks in particular. A strong sense of melody lurks in the murk.

This is actually my first exposure to the no-frills evil of Satanize and I am pleasantly surprised by their sound and style (maybe it’s the name, I half-expected them to be rubbish); Eterna Penumbra is not a new phenomenon to me – I reviewed their outstanding debut album ‘Nuestra Vacía Existencia’ almost two years ago.

The main downside to the deal is that there is only 25 minutes of music on here, which places the record somewhere between EP and MLP territory. This is disappointing; I’d prefer a bit more meat on the bones. Still, all in all, we get some very enjoyable music that’s well worth digging out… which leads me to the second negative: this fine record is limited to just 150 copies.

Evilometer: 555/666


Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Egg Of Nihilism is the label that introduced me to the excellent black/doom brotherhood Defuntos, so I purchased this cassette (for less than a fiver, including postage!) with real confidence. This miniscule label, entrenched deep in the underground, has a proven track record for unleashing high-quality Iberian darkness and they have hit the nail on the head once more with ‘Nuestra Vacía Existencia’, the tidy debut full-length from Madrid trio Eterna Penumbra.

For a tape, the sound is very good and the packaging is much more adequate than I’d expected at such a reasonable price. I’ve bought cassettes before that turned out to be a total waste of money, but this one certainly doesn’t fall into that category. Opener ‘Un Viaje Hacia El Abismo’ sets the tone for an unapologetically corrosive ride through harsh Black Metal terrain with nary a thought given to restraint or gift-wrapping. There’s nothing quaint or pleasant about this album and I knew long before the second track – ‘Nuestra Vacía Existencia’ – had finished blasting through my speakers that this was not a journey for the meek.

Having said that, Eterna Penumbra are neither boring nor monotonous. Amid the repetitive, oh-so-familiar chords, notes and tones that we’ve heard a thousand times before there are also more-than-cursory attempts to create a uniquely menacing, disturbing mood – such as towards the latter stages of the title track – and these make a difference. Still, what we have here is standard Black Metal as opposed to ambient or atmospheric fare and – in this instance – standard Black Metal works just fine for me.

It’s obscure, it’s underground, it’s genuine and it’s worthy of investigation. But this cassette is also limited to just 300 copies, so you’d be best advised to act quickly if you want to acquire a piece of action so far removed from the mainstream that it almost doesn’t exist. Nice to know that there’s more to Spain than diving, cheating footballers.

Evilometer: 555/666