1. A Godless Frame 6:37
2. Funereal Burn 5:55
3. Phantoms Made Permanent 5:57
4. Gait of the Ghost 7:37
5. Mana Descending 6:47
6. Ablaze and Unyielding 3:57
7. Visage 4:08
When it comes to Black Metal rarely do I find US-based bands that I can say get it right. Often times they really feel like they try too hard to either set themselves apart from the European style or try too hard to emulate it. Maine’s Eave I think provides a genuine atmospheric black metal sound and their newest release Phantoms Made Permanent is a decent album. The album title is fitting to the theme and the band invoke chilling other wordly atmosphere with icy dark songs to chill you out this summer.
Each track is full of dissonant distant vocals as if a black metal fiend is shrieking form beyond the grave. I think this really helped with the atmosphere and to great effect. Why not sing of death like you are truly no longer a physical form. Phantoms Made Permanent succeeds in this without sounding too gimmicky. “Gait of the Ghost” has an interesting melody and starts with some acoustic strumming. As the gait picks up it gets heavier and the deep shrieks of the ghost pierce the sound. Though it can be a little subdued by the guitars at times. My only complaint about the vocal style is that it gets lost and drowned out at times from the guitars. I also noticed the percussion feels a bit on the subdued side as well.
Phantom Made Permanent is mostly solid for its premise. It offers something subtle for its genre. It’s not so aggressive. I give it 3.5 out of 5. I think its composition and production is not bad. I just felt there needed to be some more balance with the vocals. Possibly the band wanted them to sound like they were struggling to be heard at times. I just felt it was a little bit too guitar-heavy at times. I would have liked the atmosphere to include some more symphonic, synth or percussive elements. It’s not a bad album and the band has created an interesting concept. Give it a listen and see if it quenches your thirst for something dark and disturbing?
Reviewed by Cathrine Wendt