Dark Archive – Cultivate Our Blood in Aeon

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Inverse Records
Distributor/label URL: https://www.inverse.fi/
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://darkarchive.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/darkarchiveband/

Band Line-up:

Joakim Lindholm “Lord Mordor” – Instruments and Programming
Niko Aromaa “Perdition” – Vocals


1. Cultivate our blood in Aeon
2. Closure of Empyrean delirium
3. Godfear Eradication
4. Unohda ei Ikina
5. Essence of Death



Dark Archive bring us a very tasty little morsel with this EP. Yes it may be short in length, but it is rather mighty in stature. All the usual Black Metal rules may seem to apply here, but all is not as it seems, The blackness is interspersed with moments of sheer beauty, and the balance is just perfect. You will don your face paint and the blackest of clothing, but you may also stop to pet the neighbour’s dog and be kind to someone on your walk through this. Nah just kidding ha-ha.

The opener ‘Cultivate our blood on Aeon’ starts all nice and sweet but then decides to give you a punch to the solar plexus with a barrage of riffing and blasting percussion that would surely bring any mere mortal to his (or her, would hate to assume anyone’s gender here folks) knees. Madness ensues with shredding solos and vicious vocals of such a degree that Satan himself would probably need a cough drop or two after delivering.

The second part of this literal pummelling, ‘Closure of Empyrean delirium’ continues this relentless assault until the very end when you get a little bit of lovely acoustic work which makes you think all is good with the world again, and so it goes. Track three, ‘Godfear Eradication’ begins with an almost serene piano and guitar piece before deciding to rip a hole in your finest black pants with its ferocity.

Need I go on? I think not. You get the idea, and I think you would get more of an idea if you just lashed out and bought this. At the moment it is Name Your Price on Bandcamp, so you’d be some sort of daft git if you didn’t go and buy it. This release may not change the course of history, nor cure the plague, but it is a very worthy addition to your Black Metal collection, and make sure you throw them a couple of extra dollars for being so bloody good at what they do.

Dark Archive, I like your style, keep it coming lads.

(No animals were hurt during this review, nor was I sponsored by the band to say nice things, heck – I don’t even know the guys, but Kudos is what Kudos does, now I am just rambling…ha-ha)

Review by The Great Mackintosh