Ereb Altor - By Honour LP (Clear vinyl)
Some pretend that there exist as many Metal Genres as Metal bands. Well, that might not be true, but fact is that there are always new sub-genres being invented by audacious musicians bringing fresh wind to the scene.
Ereb Altor, for their part, propose us Viking Doom Metal. These guys created a blend of later Bathory and Candlemass, and the result is incredibly epic and majestic. The heavy guitars riffs crawl throughout the album like a drakkar navigating with effort in northern seas. The clean, epic, vocals, fit perfectly to the music. The whole can clearly be compared to Nordland I & II from Bathory, but By Honour is by no means a simple copycat of those Viking Metal classics.
The Doom Metal is omnipresent in this release. The riffs are much slower, more viscous, than any other Viking Metal album I have heard so far, and that makes the music of Ereb Altor so unique. Thus, both fans of Viking and Doom Metal are likely to love this album. For my part, being into both genres, I can only warmly recommend you this band. To convince you, just have a look at the band’s MySpace page and listen to the song “Awakening”.
The clean vocal melodies sound stronger and more confident this time around and the harsh and raspy roars are more furious and raging. The band leans on the airy keyboard passages a little more than before, but it adds a more melodic flare to the slower passages. The majority of the album focuses on Quorthon inspired riffing, with its thick power chords and thundering percussion mixed with an airy keyboard backdrop that brings to mind "Hammerheart" and "Twilight of the Gods". The previously mentioned black metal influences work their way in here and there, but the focus remains on Bathory-ish epicness and heaviness.
It’s pretty clear at this point that Ereb Altor isn’t keen to return to the sounds of the first two albums, but the music on "Ulfven" proves that the band is really blazing their own trail. Sure, they still sound a bit like Bathory, but it comes through revelry and nostalgia rather than the blatant aping of Quorthon.
For fans of: Bathory, Falkenbach, Primordial, Manowar, Candlemass