Artist: Cult of Eibon
Title: Lycan Twilight Sorcery
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Review by JH
After releasing an EP “Fullmoon Invocation” in 2016, the Athens-based necromancers return with their second offering entitled “Lycan Twilight Sorcery” released under the banner of Iron Bonehead Productions.
As far as bands opting for the old Greek black metal sound nowadays, there are two kinds: weak imitators and bands who nail it to a tee. Fortunately, Cult of Eibon falls in the latter category. Of course, it really helps when the band members are Greek themselves. The music effectively conveys that majestic and epic feeling reminiscent of old Rotting Christ and Necromantia. The heavy metal-infused riffs, eviscerating shrieks, mid-tempo rhythms — it’s all there — scattered among seven stable tracks of traditional black metal in its purest form.
One of the facets that makes Cult of Eibon so enjoyable for me is the fact that they know how to construct a solid riff. I mean, these riffs are pretty catchy, but not in an overly accessible way. As most people know, the word “catchy” isn’t always synonymous with shitty tunes. Some of the best metal records ever are straight-forward and memorable; and that is exactly what Cult of Eibon aims for. The production has that deliberate “underproduced” sound quality, yet all the instruments are audible and can easily be heard in the mix.
The vocals on this EP are simply great; they alternate from high, piercing shrieks to low death metal-styled growls, which really adds depth and variety to the songs. The majestic atmosphere gives the music that ancient, otherworldly feeling, which is of course accentuated with the touch of keys that appear at just the right moments, rendering to the overall feel of the music.
Cult of Eibon is definitely a worthy prospect to keep in mind; I feel that that whatever comes next will be worth the wait, especially if they’re planning on recording a full-length. All things considered, “Lycan Twilight Sorcery” is a solid offering of traditional Greek black metal played the way it should be played.