The concept of "Eidolon
", as the band says, centers around what they describe as “the initiation, dehumanization and unearthly rebirth of a transcending soul by mirror magic and astral projection”. The concept album was totally Morean's idea, the new vocalist of the German black metallers Dark Fortress
is their fifth album.
Azatoth, the formal vocalist, left the band in 2007. Morean was chosen for his song-writing & vocal abilities. Except the lyrical concept, Dark Fortress
has pretty much the same to offer as other black metal bands. The keyboards take the backseat and successfully provide a depressive and slightly horrific atmosphere at times. The guitars are full of distortion but the solos seem to have been completely ignored in Eidolon
. The drumming is good with tremendous use of blast beats.
The intro track "The Silver Gate
" begins with the atmospheric keyboard and distorted guitar. The song is lengthy with very little variations. In short, it does not live up to the mark of "Ghostly Indoctrination", the intro track of the previous album, Seance
. To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the start.
" and the ending track "Antiversum" are the stand-outs of the album. The two songs rightfully display the music expertise of the band. The songs are atmospheric, with good variations and excellent guitar riffs, followed by some well-written lyrics. "The Unflesh" has a short solo which is quite melodic in nature. "Edge of Night
" is the shortest track of the album, roughly touching the 4 minute mark. The official music video is on this track.
The recording is polished & top-notch. One can even hear the bass quite clearly in songs like "Baphomet
". The distortions are recorded quite brilliantly. Same goes for the vocals and drums. Eidolon
is a potential black metal album. Would there have been more tracks like "Baphomet
" & "Antiversum", the album would have been a masterpiece. Nevertheless, its a good album, and well worth a listen.