The Pitch: The new EP from Latvia's Eschatos, "an experimental black metal act from Riga, known for their haunting live performances and unconventional approach to the genre." FFO: Thy Worshiper, Myrkur, Aenaon
What I Like: This EP is the absolute definition of quality over quantity. With just two songs, Eschatos have cast an unbreakable spell on me. These compositions, at just short of 9 and 15 minutes respectively, are atmospheric masterpieces that meld the progressive elements of Tool, folky mysticism of Thy Worshiper and Myrkur, and the experimentation of Aenaon into an endlessly rewarding experience. The instrumentation is flawless in both variety and dynamics, and Kristiana's vocals are utterly captivating. Her approach is again similar to that of Myrkur, alternating between wispy, ethereal cleans and vicious black metal snarls. From the opening tribal drums to the final notes of "The Night of the White Devil," Mære is just plain stunning.
Critiques: My only complaint is with myself for not having heard this group's previous albums. Hopefully I can remedy that soon.
The Verdict: Mære is certainly among the best EP's of the year. Look no further for lush atmosphere, creative songwriting, and spellbinding performances.
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-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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