A Giant Bound to Fall

Eternal Storm

They have the melodic sensibility of INSOMNIUM, and the ardent, unwavering power of AN ABTRACT ILLUSION. Every note, and every refrain is perfectly placed to tantalize the listener with its bewitching charms. The organic force comes from deep within, enveloping the listener to the end of his days.
December 2, 2023

On “A Giant Bound to Fall,” shattering the apprehensions, they've actually taken the sound further ahead; it's far more nuanced, multifaceted and even feels darker. The emotions are just as palpable as before but are rawer, more piercing, and the heightened extreme parts are not at the expense of their immersive atmospheric ones. The painstaking recording process ensured that and for the sound to remain organic and tangible. It's a giant step ahead in the logical direction, for them, for the entire style. There is little doubt that this hugely ambitious and more importantly still passionate and heartfelt album will go down as another towering landmark in the genre. With music so pristine, it becomes a salve for the soul.

“An Abyss of Unreason” begins with clean, melodic tones that cannot hold back the impending storm of madness that is to follow. The band maintains a balanced mixture from there of pensive, emotive tones with some atmospheric elements, and the thick nature of Death Metal, where the melodies are just as strong as the chaos. “A Dim Illusion” has some intricate guitar work in the form of harmonies as well as the staunchness of death. At times, crashing waves of sound are held back only by a fleeting wind, and when they break through, you are drenched. Still, the fragile elements are lined up to play with the others. “There was a Wall” has melancholy tones that will sweep away the listener to better places, and better times. Close your eyes, lean back, and get lost in them, never to be found again. The clean vocals are every bit as effective as the harsh ones, which is a difficult thing to attain.

“Eclipse” is a short few minutes of gorgeous, ambient tones that are vibrant with hues. Suck in a big breath and relax, and let this sound course through your veins, for it has the power to regenerate the listener, and remind them that there is still some good in the world. “Lone Tree Domain” is yet another well balanced song that hangs tones of hope off the edge of a cliff with a raging storm in the waters below. While you hang there suspended in life, your death is only inches away…you need only to take a step forward. Spacy keyboards and clean vocals augment the stench of anguish. “The Sleepers” sports some Post Metal elements and shows the bands deep well of creativity. The weights of the world are piled on your shoulders and leave you to wander alone, until they drive you into dust.

“The Void” is a massive black hole that is stuck in space, as well as in your heart. You don’t dare to acknowledge it or peer into it because there is no going back. Dreadful, melancholy tones drip from the edges that will infect you with their sickness if you dare to touch it. The title track closes the album. What a majestic and leveling way to end the album. If failure is how my end will come, I will meet it head on.  Just when you thought that Melodic Death Metal has been composed again and again and has outrun its natural course in the annals of Metal, a band like ETERNAL STORM comes along to remind you that it is still very much alive and kicking. They have the melodic sensibility of INSOMNIUM, and the ardent, unwavering power of AN ABTRACT ILLUSION. Every note, and every refrain is perfectly placed to tantalize the listener with its bewitching charms. The organic force comes from deep within, enveloping the listener to the end of his days.

10 / 10

Masterpiece

Songwritting

10

Musicianship

10

Memorability

10

Production

9
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"A Giant Bound to Fall" Track-listing:

1. An Abyss of Unreason

2. A Dim Illusion

3. There was a Wall

4. Last Refuge

5. Eclipse

6. Lone Tree Domain

7. The Sleepers

8. The Void

9. A Giant Bound to Fall

 

Eternal Storm Lineup:

Daniel R. Flys – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass

Jaime Torres – Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Fretless Bass

Daniel Maganto – Bass, Guitars, Vocals

 

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