Eternity
Mundicide

How long is eternity? I Googled it because I wanted the Webster’s definition for it. According to them, and I’m paraphrasing, it’s a long fucking time. Eternity, the band has been around since 2003, which isn’t exactly forever… between then and now they’ve released three full-length albums Bringer of the Fall and To Become the Great Beast: that’s including Mundicide and the previous two demos. I feel like this is a fine summertime album.

At its heart is a bristling Black Metal serpent that recalls Enslaved; especially their In Times album, but I’d be no sort of Metalhead if I didn’t mention Gorgoroth/Ov Hell… not on a scale of blind worship, but there’s a few tracks on Mundicide that have that grimy sort of Black Metal; like an unclean feeling of blood, sweat, and putrescence.

There are 14 bands on Metal-Archives called Eternity, all hailing from different parts of the world. This particular Eternity comes from Oslo, Norway and they play Black Metal that drips with the spirit of the late 90s, early 2000s Norwegian scene. “Journey Towards the Darkside” starts off Mundicide and stabs your ears with sonic malice, slow and plodding passages give way to moments of tight as a bullfrog’s ass blasting.

“Under the Gaze of the King” is where the first hints of Ov Hell rear its ugly head. Like a hateful beating it takes Black and Roll to a whole other level slow when it needs to be, brutal and unrestrained when it also needs to be. It wants you to call it Master, and during three tracks it shows you why; “Mundicide”, “Hymn” and “Gunmetal Sky” are the guts of this record. The rage in the title track is vital and alive, “Hymn” is an almost Ghost like ritual track that gives praise to almighty Satan, while the latter track is misanthropy and nihilism. Mundicide isn’t an overly long album, Eternity gets things done in a reasonable 43.10 and what they do in that amount of time is something special. The closing three tracks, especially the ten-minute monster “The Seventh Seal” close out this fantastic slab of Black and Roll.

I’m always happy when my for fans of section makes itself. Sometimes I struggle, no shit, but in the case of Eternity it’s easy to say that if you like that Satyricon era (Volcano and the vibe Satyricon have continued up till present day), Gorgoroth, Ov Hell and Carpathian Forest. So, yeah, I recommend Eternity and their new album Mundicide. It will serve to keep your summer as Black Metal as it can be.

 

 

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Written by Jeremy Beck
July 5th, 2023

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