Rating:
8.2
Eulen - Mother Tree
5 October 2011


01. A Cold New Day
02. First Snow
03. Desolate House
04. This Old Hearth
05. Graveroom
06. Dunes
07. Clouds
08. Mother Tree


Eulen are on a roll, their first recording ever, the Enlightened split with Syrian black metallers Despair (SYR), gets nominated in the 2011 Metal Storm Awards for Clandestine Cut of the Year. That's cool. What's even cooler is they dropped their first full-length back in October, and it's a supremely awesome way to not only follow up, but to build on their impressive first recording.

For those of you who didn't tune into Clandestine Cuts #8, you know, back before you they went all mainstream with a full-length n' shit, Eulen is some dark stuff. Not really evil, just dark, cold sadness. It's a kind of black & doom hybrid, slow, mellow, and very melancholy. One track, "Desolate House" sees them break into some typical blast-beat driven black metal, but for the most part they stick to eerie sorrow, doomy slowness, and even a few post- elements find their way in with some subtlety. It's an interesting mix of delicate melodies and gritty, raw black metal riffing, everything just seems to fit right.

The production is kind of a killer on this one at times. It's got the right amount of rawness to it, that's for sure, and it does help build the hopeless atmosphere they are undoubtedly going for, but the pitfall is the sort of "up close" feel to the whole thing. That works well when laying down the melodies, but it makes the rhythm guitars just sound a little overwhelming, and not in a good way. If this album had, say, the same production values as something like Wolves In The Throne Room, this would an absolutely top-notch album. All things considered, hats should be tipped to these guys, it's obviously a DIY album, so it's unfair to complain to much about specificity of production values, as they did manage to record their sound appropriately with considerable success, even if it isn't perfect.

All nit-picking aside, Eulen have a solidly depressing album here, certainly worth a listen if you like feeling like crap (in a good way!)


Band profile: Eulen
Album: Mother Tree


 



Written on 04.02.2012 by
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BitterCOld - 04.02.2012 at 08:56  
Has me mucho interested. will take a moment to check it out.
InnerSelf - 04.02.2012 at 14:58  
Yaaay, finally some attention for these guys awesome review
JD - 04.02.2012 at 17:19  
Nice review, but Despair is linked to another band, this is Despair (SYR) 's profile on MS.
Aluminum Alloy - 04.02.2012 at 19:03  
Randomly picked this up awhile ago, and was greatly impressed. "This Old Hearth" was one of my favorites from the last year
VloRD - 05.02.2012 at 06:10  
The first few songs, the production was kinda pissing me off...but then later it didn't even matter. A 80 minute album, but didn't feel that way...such mesmerizing stuff.
Mr. Doctor - 05.02.2012 at 13:45  
It's so wonderful to see bands in CC start to get full lenghts, reviews, attention and stuff
Angel_Lament - 08.02.2012 at 13:37  
Awesome review and album, its good to have such local bands here!

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