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Eldritch: Cracksleep

Eldritch is an Italian power/progressive metal band dating all the way back to the early ‘90s. They have eleven studio albums to their credit with their latest titled Cracksleep and yes, that is a word. Are you having trouble sleeping at night? Listen to this album as it may shed some light on your situation as the concept explores the reasons why you may not be getting enough rest.

As for me, this is was my introduction to the band’s music and I have to say I am suitably impressed. The band does a very nice job of mixing atmosphere with heaviness adding much variety into the mix. This isn’t just heavy chords strung together as there is subtlety here which is lacking in many heavy bands. At times bands like Fates Warning came to mind as Eldritch seems to have a similar philosophy in that regard.

The album begins with the instrumental title track with a curious running time of under two minutes. Usually title tracks are longer but I digress. The band uses it as an orchestral segue way into the heavy ”Reset” with its powerful double bass drums and thick guitar riffs. Short instrumental flurries are offset with moody keyboards used effectively to enhance the atmosphere. “Deep Frost” begins with a short keyboard drenched section before the heaviness sets in. This one has a melancholic feel. Jackhammer riffs propel the ultra-heavy “Aberration Of Nature” as the band display just how tight they can be. The band display a certain calmness and restraint on the pretty power ballad “My Breath”, another fine track.

My first foray into the music of Eldritch has been a very positive experience. Fans of moody progressive metal should give them a try.

Track Listing:
1. Cracksleep
2. Reset
3. Deep frost
4. Aberration Of Nature
5. My Breath
6. Silent Corner
7. As The Night Crawls In
8. Voices Calling
9. Staring At The Ceiling
10. Night Feelings
11. Hidden Friend

Added: June 10th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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Related Link: Band's Facebook Page
Hits: 405
Language: english

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