6 Oct 2017

Eruption: "Cloaks of Oblivion"

Giving the oldies a run for their money, one down-stroked thrash chord at a time.
Who would've thought a country like Slovenia would be home to some absolutely world class acts? Of course it isn't really a stretch of the imagination, but even so it's not often you hear from them on an international basis. In 2016, Teleport impressed with progressive thrash tunes on the Ascendance EP, but 2017 is ruled supremely by Eruption.

With so much terrible, overproduced thrash metal coming out, it's too easy to get lost among the common rabble. As a listener, too, the adverse effect shows itself as apathy towards new bands that, by image and looks, fit the bill of one such atrocity. Cloaks of Oblivion escaped scrutiny the first time around, but was recently recommended to me by a friend. A friend that I should apparently listen to more closely, it would seem.

Straight after the introduction, Eruption manage to pull so far ahead of any competition with Sanity Ascend, that any would-be contenders would appear as mere specks in the band's rear view mirrors. The Slovenian group wear their influences with pride for all to see, but they're giving all of them a run for their money.

"...Cloaks of Oblivion is remarkably filler-free."

Contradictory to standard practice of the album format, Eruption let their most outstanding tracks breathe later on the album instead of firing on all cylinders right from the get go. These stand-out tracks include Drones, The Yearning and Seven Archons, but Cloaks of Oblivion is remarkably filler-free. Engaging in both performance and concept, the albums seems like the perfect marriage between deliberately heavy pacing and rapid fire speeds.

The group present insanely impressive instrumentalism, both in the technical prowess of their performance, but also in the moderation they show. By not shooting off high-powered riff after riff, their restraint helps accentuate the compositions. Their vocalist sounds like a mix of Flemming Rönsdorf (Artillery), Jon Oliva (Savatage), Warrel Dane (Sanctuary) and Russ Anderson (Forbidden), and with comparisons like that he's got a lot to live up to - expectations that he both meets and exceeds.

It's an unholy matremony made in hell. Eruption's instrumentation touches on those very same notes and play the same infernal keys which unlock the seven layers of sin, progressing through each plane of existence with technical prowess inspired by the likes of Toxik, Heathen, Annihilator and Realm. It's one of those rare albums that just begs to be replayed the very second it's over. Eruption make it sound so easy, but countless similar acts have proven that creating a piece like this is by no means an easy task.


Released in 2017 by Xtreem Music


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