Album Track Listing
- Relic of Mictlantecuhtli
- Elu Azag
- Abyss Unknown
- Nusku Etu Genii
- Numina Moribundus
- Kimah Kalu Ultu Ulla
Band Line Up
Invokocide – Vocals/Guitars/Bass
Whirlwindead – Guitars/Bass
Militiarkh – Drums
The thriving Australian Metal scene must be one of the most diverse in the world, from the furious likes of Destroyer 666 to the more ethereal likes of Aquilus, it is quite clear that there is something to suit most musical tastes. Eskhaton are a Death Metal band from Melbourne and are far removed from both of the aforementioned bands. Their style is very brutal and quite technical. It is an interesting listen. It should also be noticed that many of the song titles are a downright mouthful.</di
The album opens with “Relic of Mictlantecuhtli”, a veritable battering ram of sonic violence. While choppy and chaotic, it also dense and engaging. Equally, “Serpentity” is a barrage of unrelenting reptilian nastiness, matched by the short and malevolent “Elu Azag”. The band hit their groove with the uglier-than-a-baboon’s-arse “Inverterror”, and the swirling blizzard title track. The instrumental “Abyss Unknown” offers up a creepy atonal maelstrom, leading into the piledriver “Culthulhunatic” and the curmudgeonly and merciless “Nusku Etu Genii”. Both are pitiless and like “Omnilify” are unrelenting sandstorms, ready to cut you into a million pieces and leave you as carrion for the vultures.
Second instrumental “Subvoidal” is another exercise in fierce and visceral dynamics, which is more than can be said for the next few tracks, which while well played are unmemorable because they are just too uncompromising and give the listener nothing to grasp onto. Although “Numina Moribundus” resembles a suffocating amorphous mass it is at least an improvement. As with many bands Eskhaton choose to end their opus with a gigantic epic, in this case, the utterly dizzying “Kimah Kalu Ultu Ulla”, a snarling beast that exudes intensity for all of its eight-minute running time.
What a dark and menacing release! The guitar tone is swathed in effects which give it a distinctly spectral quality, and sometimes make the riffs a bit hard to make out. As a whole, the album comes across as a relentless barrage; while the compositions are complex, the tempo is almost entirely set at ludicrous speed. As such the album can seem a bit unoriginal and lacking in variety. Perhaps the band could have included a couple of non-blasting, mysterious sounding interlude tracks just to break up the incessant head kicking. A decent effort. Nothing more.