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Eternal Deformity: No Way Out

It's never easy to combine multiple sub-genres of metal and make for a seamless, uncluttered listening experience, but that's exactly what Poland's Eternal Deformity have attempted to do in their career and especially on their latest release for Temple of Torturous, No Way Out. Blending elements of black metal, symphonic rock, death metal, prog, doom, and gothic, Eternal Deformity demand full attention from the listener and promise fulfilling rewards. No Way Out, as with any of the bands previous albums, will take some time for all the little nuances to fully sink in, but you get that full on assault as soon as you dive into "Esoteric Manifesto", as the orchestral keyboards lay down a wonderful foundation for the technical riffing and the mix of black metal rasps & gothic styled clean vocals. Sledgehammer guitars pound over tight rhythms and gothic ambience on the heavy "Sweet Isolation" before the brutal symphonic black metal kicks in, while the epic 10+ minute "Reinvented" sees death & black metal collide with prog for a pummeling yet sophisticated ride. The lovely "Mothman" is pure gothic tinged prog, complete with floating keyboards and acoustic guitars, yet the metallic mayhem creeps back in for the lengthy "Mimes, Ghouls And Kings", the band opting for a more progressive metal type approach with plenty of twists and turns, guitars & keyboards battling over crushing rhythms and a blend of clean & harsh vocal styles. The album ends with another epic, the massive "Glacier", another tour-de-force of death & black metal sprinkled with symphonic prog elements, as massive guitar riffs get zapped with blazing synths and a myriad of vocal styles before a grand finale featuring choirs and bombastic orchestral swells.

Pretty impressive from start to finish, No Way Out is a rousing success for this Polish band who really need more recognition from the metal masses. Remember the name, Eternal Deformity, and be sure to seek out this latest gem and rest of their solid catalog.

Track Listing
1) I
2) Esoteric Manifesto
3) Sweet Isolation
4) Reinvented
5) Mothman
6) Mimes, Ghouls And Kings
7) Glacier

Added: February 14th 2019
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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Eternal Deformity: No Way Out
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2019-02-15 03:02:20
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Here’s a rather interesting metal band hailing from Zory, Poland. Eternal Deformity formed way back in 1993 and were originally billed as a doom metal band. Now their music is more in the symphonic black metal genre although some doom elements still remain. They have six full length albums to their credit including their last release No Way Out (2016). I am only hearing this for the first time but as the saying goes it’s better late than never.

The eerie instrumental “I” begins the disc with an atmospheric and unsettling disposition. It does a nice job of setting up the mood yet the listener really has no idea what to expect next (if like me you are unfamiliar with the band). The listener doesn’t have to wait long for the first real sign of heaviness as the next track “Esoteric Manifesto” starts with massive doomy riffs and a very heavy rhythm section. The vocals start intense, the growling is well done but there are also excellent clean vocals which reduces the edge just a bit. I find the growls much more tolerable when they’re complemented with clean singing. The keyboard background swells add a symphonic/gothic element to the very heavy sound. Some cool rhythmic change ups and a shredding guitar solo wrap it up rather nicely. On “Sweet Isolation” the heaviness continues with excellent riffs, fast and heavy and vocals ranging from a nice and clean delivery to deep guttural growling. The disc ends with the dramatic “Glacier” combining sweeping keyboards, evil growls, powerful drums and intensely meaty riffs. The keyboards play more of a role here and the sounds are all the better for it. The talking vocal section adds to the song’s variety.

No Way Out is such a diverse sounding and catchy metal album it really is something quite special. This is extreme metal I can really sink my ears into. Recommended.

Released on the Temple Of Torturous label.

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