Even by Death Metal standards, Eskhaton doesn’t mess around. With the band’s interests listed as “Total fucking death” and both a 666 and a pentagram wedged into their logo, it’s clear from the get-go what you’re in for when you pop one of their albums in to listen to – nihilism and evil set to furious Blackened Death Metal. For their third album, the Aussies promised unrelenting violence, but did they deliver?
At first, Omegalitheos is pure chaos in a Metal song. It might even be too chaotic. These tracks whip between riffs and ideas at breakneck speed. Even the one interlude in this part, Elu Azag, tricks the listener with only a flicker of relative peace before launching back into the insanity. There’s so much going on here that even the powerful Inverterror and Omegalitheos feel like a break, if only because they give the listener a bit longer to absorb each sonic idea before mutating. Good luck trying to do anything else with this album playing, because you’ll need to really sit down and listen to in order to truly appreciate the sheer speed and volume of riffs, solos, and changes being thrown at you.
Frankly, listening to ‘Omegalitheos’ is a bit like running on a treadmill at full speed. It might be easy at the start, but keeping up for a long time is harder than it looks. This is arguably the biggest shortfall of ‘Omegalithos’ – it’s good, but it’s fifty-two freaking minutes. Eskhaton has no interest in slowing down for the inattentive or making concessions for the uninitiated, so if you don’t already like your Death Metal on the brutal side, this will not be the album that converts you. Even fans will likely struggle, as the relentless assault starts to wear on the listener in spots, notably the relatively weak Abyss Unknown.
If you’ve got the endurance, though, the length and sheer enormity of this album is a plus. You can listen to ‘Omegalitheos’ a half-dozen times (in a row, even!) and find something great that you missed on the last listen each time. The musicianship is meticulous, and this album is saturated with ritualistic dark riffs and growls, all beautifully. The lead guitars weave in seamlessly, flying from tremolo lines to fast flashy solos. Even at their most chaotic, the songs flow well, which is no small feat. As a whole, the album is generally pretty consistent, too, which is a bonus – if you like the title track and the other previews so far, the rest of the record is as easily as good, if not better.
And if you’re not ready to jump into the whole thing, just skip to Nusku Etu Genii and listen straight through to the end. Eskhaton finally tempers the chaos that marks the first half of the album, letting the riffs flow a little longer and easing up on the frenetic changes. The result is a ton of fantastic songs that beautifully balance the ritualism and darkness of Black Metal with pure driving energy. The last song, Kimah Kalu Ultu Ulla, is particularly masterful, making eight minutes fly by.
‘Omegalitheos’ isn’t for everyone. But if it’s for you, it’s an absolute must-have.
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