Eastern Front – Descent Into Genocide by Jarod Lawley

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Candlelight Records
Released: 2014
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.easternfront.bigcartel.com/product/eastern-front-descent-into-genocide-cd
Band Website: http://www.wartornblackmetal.co.uk/
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Tracklisting:

1. Retribution Sky
2. The Hanging Of Faith
3. Blitzfreeze
4. Katyn Forest
5. Descent Into Genocide
6. Die Reise In Den Tod (Pt I)
7. Ghouls Of Leningrad
8. In Memory Of The Fallen

Band line-up:

Nagant – Vocals
Holocaust – Guitars
Destroyer – Bass
Blitz – Drums

 

Review

Proceeding directly on from their well-received debut, Blood On Snow, British band EASTERN FRONT continue their charge into battle with their sophomore effort on Candlelight Records. Labelled “War-Torn Black Metal,” they claim their originality is to be found in the concept of the band, which os  based entirely around World War Two. The machine gun drumming and razor edge guitar work makes them comparable to Marduk, Belphegor and Drudkh amongst others, but few bands take the concept of conflict so seriously, for when EASTERN FRONT perform live, the stage is their warzone.

There are those who may have concerns of monotony and a lack of unique sound when it comes to this four piece, but shortly into the first track “Retribution Sky” these fears can be dismissed at once. Fast and furious, all the riffs are brutal and as intense as blitzkrieg, but also capture a bleak and bloody atmosphere of desolation and death.

Respite from the conflict comes in the form of the well-placed and equally well suited instrumental, “Die Reise In Den Tod (Pt I)”. Militaristic and serene at the same time, it serves as a perfect build up, before we go over the top into No-Man’s land, and face the horrific monster of a track, “Ghouls Of Leningrad”. Probably this album’s most intense moment, it is a highlight track and one that should be certainly be gracing the set list of future EASTERN FRONT live displays.

Malevolent and chilling, this album is an unorthodox tribute to the fallen, but certainly an excellent piece of work from one of the current UK champions of black metal.

Review by Jarod Lawley
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